Accession Number:

ADA563631

Title:

Battle of Narratives

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEFENSE ANALYSIS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

73.0

Abstract:

In this thesis, I analyze narratives from a network point of view using Social Network Analysis SNA software and methods. A narrative is a network of semantic meanings that can be coded and analyzed as such. In a competitive environment, such as politics, narratives are a means by which to influence people to act. To analyze a narratives effectiveness, I use the 2008 Presidential Election campaigns of Senators John McCain and Barack Obama as a case study to evaluate their narratives in relation to their success. I generate a series of semantic networks of the two campaigns. I then estimate a series of SNA metrics and compare these to the approval ratings of the two candidates. I hypothesize that the degree of centralization and the cohesiveness of a candidates narrative will be positively associated with the candidates approval ratings, all else being equal. This hypothesis is confirmed in the analysis.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Linguistics
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE