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ItemDid COVID Infect Twitter? An analysis of campaign Tweets in 2020Keith, Jacob; Robinson, Carin; Judson, Janis; Tucker-Worgs, Tamelyn; Hood College Political Science; Hood College Departmental HonorsThe study investigated the presence of issue-related statements within tweets on a candidate's Twitter feed (N = 20). The study finds that the coronavirus outbreak had a significant influence on the social media behavior —pushing campaign efforts almost entirely onto the internet. It also took up a significant amount of social media discussion. While there was no significant relationship between social media output regarding the topic and electoral results, it still served a predictive function. The fact that the frequency in which the coronavirus outbreak was mentioned serves as a solid predictor of partisanship speaks to the polarization of this era. Issues rooted in observable phenomena and scientific evidence have become indistinguishable from partisan issues and ideological debate —as it is the norm to run a campaign as a party opposed to the other’s stance rather than a party of stances. ItemGoucher College Journal of International Relations, Vol 1(2022-05) Garrett, Hannah; Howard, Jibril; Nguyen, Uyen; Sam, Nadean; Smith, Chad; Suarez, Sal; Singer, Eric; International Relations; Bachelor's DegreeThe following collection of op-eds is a production of the Spring 2022 Capstone Class in International Relations. The collection is subdivided into three sections: The Scope International Institutions: Progressive or Problematic?, The Nationalist Problematique, and Great Powers, World Order, and the Future of Liberal Internationalism, which address pressing topics about the future of global conflict and prospects for peace. All essays were written under supervision from Dr. Eric Singer, Professor of Political Science and International Relations. We hope you enjoy our work. ItemIs Laughter the Best Democratic Medicine? Political Comedy and its Effect on Tolerance and Trust(2019-04-29) Ariola-Adams, Cecilia; Robinson, Carin; Political Science; Hood College Departmental HonorsThrough utilizing survey methodology with an experimental manipulation, this paper analyzes political comedy's role in contemporary media. The focus of these effects are examined through trust and tolerance because they are malleable and can be shaped by the media environment. ItemRebellion, Republic, and Resistance: Exploring the Politics of Disney's Star Wars Films(2019-04-29) Baughman, Alex; Tucker-Worgs, Tamelyn; Robinson, Carin; Angello, Aaron; Political Science; Departmental HonorsStar Wars is arguably one of the most significant cultural franchises in the United States of the past 40 years. George Lucas’ original trilogy has spawned an abundance of media, the most prominent of which is the film saga. A wealth of research and literature has been conducted and written on the original and prequel trilogies, but a relative paucity of scholarly discourse exists since Disney acquired the property in 2012. This study seeks to fill a portion of that gap in literature. I begin by reviewing the literature on film’s capacity to influence viewers’ political attitudes, and why fictional films are able to do so via the theoretical Extended Elaboration Likelihood Model. Next, I discuss the various political commentary and scholarship on the original and prequel trilogies, and build a case inquiry into the sequel trilogy as a Disney property. Through focus groups, I explore the political messages received from the Disney Star Wars films as represented by Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and contrast them with those of the early Star Wars films as represented by Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope (1977). I find evidence that viewers of the original trilogy are exposed to libertarian ideological messages and viewers of the sequel trilogy are exposed to progressive ideological messages. While the qualitative results offer no generalizable conclusions, the implications and themes of this study certainly warrant further research.