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1. Ehrl, Marco. The Rhetorical Crisis of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Forgotten Narratives and Political Directions.

Degree: PhD, Communication, 2018, Texas A&M University

The accidental opening of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989, dismantled the political narratives of the East and the West and opened up a rhetorical arena for political narrators like the East German citizen movements, the West German press, and the West German leadership to define and exploit the political crisis and put forward favorable resolutions. With this dissertation, I trace the neglected and forgotten political directions as they reside in the narratives of the East German citizen movements, the West German press, and the West German political leadership between November 1989 and February 1990. The events surrounding November 9th, 1989, present a unique opportunity for this endeavor in that the common flows of political communication between organized East German publics, the West German press, and West German political leaders changed for a moment and with it the distribution of political legitimacy. To account for these new flows of political communication and the battle between different political crisis narrators over the rhetorical rights to reestablish political legitimacy, I develop a rhetorical model for political crisis narrative. This theoretical model integrates insights from political crisis communication theories, strategic narratives, and rhetoric. My analyses then test this model by tracing the narrative trajectories and rhetorical transformations of the narrative enactments by the East German citizen movements, the West German press, and the West German political leadership. As recent historical research revealed, Helmut Kohl favored what others refers to as the “pre-fabrication model” for German and European unification, which entails the expansion of West German and European legal, political, and economic systems eastward. Using Sarotte’s research about Kohl’s prefab model as a rhetorical anchor, my reconstructions of the different political crisis narratives reveal how the individual narratives support or weaken Helmut Kohl’s pre-fabrication model for German and European reunification. Finally, while the West’s rhetoric of practical politics, economic necessity, and rapid unification offered short-term solutions for political and economic integration, it concealed long-term narrative possibilities for German and European integration. Thus, this dissertation discusses the hidden rhetorical possibility for German and European political integration as they reside within the discourse between the East German opposition groups, the West German press, and the West German political leadership. Advisors/Committee Members: Crick, Nathan (advisor), Kluver, Randy (committee member), Coombs, Timothy (committee member), Thornton, Gabriela (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Berlin Wall; Political Crisis Narratives; Rhetoric

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APA (6th Edition):

Ehrl, M. (2018). The Rhetorical Crisis of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Forgotten Narratives and Political Directions. (Doctoral Dissertation). Texas A&M University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/173640

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Ehrl, Marco. “The Rhetorical Crisis of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Forgotten Narratives and Political Directions.” 2018. Doctoral Dissertation, Texas A&M University. Accessed October 24, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/173640.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Ehrl, Marco. “The Rhetorical Crisis of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Forgotten Narratives and Political Directions.” 2018. Web. 24 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Ehrl M. The Rhetorical Crisis of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Forgotten Narratives and Political Directions. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Texas A&M University; 2018. [cited 2019 Oct 24]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/173640.

Council of Science Editors:

Ehrl M. The Rhetorical Crisis of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Forgotten Narratives and Political Directions. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Texas A&M University; 2018. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/173640


Texas A&M University

2. Cao, Cheng. Combating User Misbehavior on Social Media.

Degree: PhD, Computer Science, 2017, Texas A&M University

Social media encourages user participation and facilitates user’s self-expression like never before. While enriching user behavior in a spectrum of means, many social media platforms have become breeding grounds for user misbehavior. In this dissertation we focus on understanding and combating three specific threads of user misbehaviors that widely exist on social media — spamming, manipulation, and distortion. First, we address the challenge of detecting spam links. Rather than rely on traditional blacklist-based or content-based methods, we examine the behavioral factors of both who is posting the link and who is clicking on the link. The core intuition is that these behavioral signals may be more difficult to manipulate than traditional signals. We find that this purely behavioral approach can achieve good performance for robust behavior-based spam link detection. Next, we deal with uncovering manipulated behavior of link sharing. We propose a four-phase approach to model, identify, characterize, and classify organic and organized groups who engage in link sharing. The key motivating insight is that group-level behavioral signals can distinguish manipulated user groups. We find that levels of organized behavior vary by link type and that the proposed approach achieves good performance measured by commonly-used metrics. Finally, we investigate a particular distortion behavior: making bullshit (BS) statements on social media. We explore the factors impacting the perception of BS and what leads users to ultimately perceive and call a post BS. We begin by preparing a crowdsourced collection of real social media posts that have been called BS. We then build a classification model that can determine what posts are more likely to be called BS. Our experiments suggest our classifier has the potential of leveraging linguistic cues for detecting social media posts that are likely to be called BS. We complement these three studies with a cross-cutting investigation of learning user topical profiles, which can shed light into what subjects each user is associated with, which can benefit the understanding of the connection between user and misbehavior. Concretely, we propose a unified model for learning user topical profiles that simultaneously considers multiple footprints and we show how these footprints can be embedded in a generalized optimization framework. Through extensive experiments on millions of real social media posts, we find our proposed models can effectively combat user misbehavior on social media. Advisors/Committee Members: Caverlee, James (advisor), Furuta, Richard (committee member), Chen, Jianer (committee member), Kluver, Randy (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Social Media; User Behavior; Misbehavior; Misinformation

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APA (6th Edition):

Cao, C. (2017). Combating User Misbehavior on Social Media. (Doctoral Dissertation). Texas A&M University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/169604

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Cao, Cheng. “Combating User Misbehavior on Social Media.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, Texas A&M University. Accessed October 24, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/169604.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Cao, Cheng. “Combating User Misbehavior on Social Media.” 2017. Web. 24 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Cao C. Combating User Misbehavior on Social Media. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Texas A&M University; 2017. [cited 2019 Oct 24]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/169604.

Council of Science Editors:

Cao C. Combating User Misbehavior on Social Media. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Texas A&M University; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/169604


Texas A&M University

3. Hilton, Brian Paul. "A Tolerable State of Order": The United States, Taiwan, and the Recognition of the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979.

Degree: 2012, Texas A&M University

American policy toward the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China from 1949-1979 was geared primarily toward the accomplishment of one objective: to achieve a reorientation of Chinese Communist revolutionary foreign policy that would contribute to the establishment of a "tolerable state of order" in the international community based on the principles of respect for each nations' territorial integrity and political sovereignty. China's revolutionary approach to its foreign relations constituted a threat to this objective. During the 1960s and '70s, however, Beijing gradually began accepting views conducive to the achievement of the "tolerable state of order" that Washington hoped to create, thus contributing significantly to the relaxation of Sino-American tensions and the normalization of relations in 1979. From this basic thesis four subsidiary arguments emerge. First, the seven presidential administrations from Harry Truman to Jimmy Carter pursued a common set of objectives toward which their respective China policies conformed, thus granting American China policy a degree of consistency that historians of Sino-American relations have not previously recognized. Second, the most significant dilemma American officials faced was striking an effective balance between containment (to punish aggression) and engagement (to emphasize the benefits of cooperation). Third, American policy toward the ROC throughout virtually the entire period in question remained a function of Washington's effort to reorient Beijing's foreign policy approach. Fourth, domestic American opinion was of secondary importance in determining the nature and implementation of American China policy. Advisors/Committee Members: Anderson, Terry H (advisor), Parker, Jason C (committee member), Wang, Di (committee member), Engel, Jeffrey A (committee member), Kluver, Randy (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: international obligations; international order; Sino-American Relations; Taiwan; United States; China

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APA (6th Edition):

Hilton, B. P. (2012). "A Tolerable State of Order": The United States, Taiwan, and the Recognition of the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979. (Thesis). Texas A&M University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/148148

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Hilton, Brian Paul. “"A Tolerable State of Order": The United States, Taiwan, and the Recognition of the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979.” 2012. Thesis, Texas A&M University. Accessed October 24, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/148148.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Hilton, Brian Paul. “"A Tolerable State of Order": The United States, Taiwan, and the Recognition of the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979.” 2012. Web. 24 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Hilton BP. "A Tolerable State of Order": The United States, Taiwan, and the Recognition of the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979. [Internet] [Thesis]. Texas A&M University; 2012. [cited 2019 Oct 24]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/148148.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Hilton BP. "A Tolerable State of Order": The United States, Taiwan, and the Recognition of the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979. [Thesis]. Texas A&M University; 2012. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/148148

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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