Previous: Background Scholarly Research

We realize that evidence or proof for our research will be more qualitative than quantitative. In this regard, we will try to take special note not to conflate our findings and to not incorrectly use our findings to accommodate our hypothesis.

Since we are looking at the effects digital rhetoric has on facilitating the efficacy of activist or proactive members of the AUC community, we will look at various media of communication which include, but are not limited to, emails, googlegroups, facebook, blogs, online AUC newsletters, twitter, and online surveys. Members of various clubs and student groups at AUC use facebook, googlgroups, twitter, blogs, etc. as fora for discussing their activities and campaigns. We will then look into what the AUC newsletters and blogs say regarding particular student-held events, and their overall effectiveness and reach. Then we will try to deduce, based on the fora we come across, how digital rhetoric helped club members in planning, assigning tasks for, and organizing this event.

In order to supplement the conclusions we come to based on our observations, we will conduct surveys and interviews for a more informed outlook. We will meet with individual club members and heads and ask them in specific about certain campaigns, ask them about how often they use digital rhetoric in order to communicate with one another, and perhaps juxtapose all of these findings with what communication of ideas for these kinds of events was like before.

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