"Discursive Trick Effects: How Raced and Gendered Semiotics in Industry Media Undermine Equal Representation in the Cybersecurity Workforce" builds on the critical theory of Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes to examine how the discursive digital archives produced by industry media represent their workforce. Thomas' approach theorizes that the semiotics of image connotation are importantly compounded in digital archives, exacerbating existing problems of just representation of gender and race. Each chapter is focused on a contemporary discursive archive and intervenes through critical counter-narrative engagement with critical social theorists and historians. These discursive archives are important examples of how cybersecurity industry media is mediating conversations surrounding equal representation in technology fields. This work has implications for how we think about and engage industry media across fields.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Texts and Technology
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Doctoral Dissertation (Campus-only Access)
Thomas, Patricia, "Discursive Trick Effects: How Raced and Gendered Semiotics in Industry Media Undermine Equal Representation in the Cybersecurity Workforce" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 142.
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