Honors Program Theses

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Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Marybeth Stalp

Abstract

As the internet becomes more prevalent and individuals continue to migrate to online communities, the role of the web our everyday lives becomes increasingly important to evaluate. The goal of this study was to examine popular online gaming medium, Twitch TV. This website allows people to stream themselves online playing video games live to anyone who is willing to watch. These streamers have constant engagement from viewers who can communicate with them via a chatroom connected to the stream. In this study I focused on these interactions between streamers and their viewers. I randomly chose five men who were streaming and five women who were streaming and examined them to reveal three major trends: streaming as a fulltime job, streamers as community leaders, and the influence of the male gaze on streamer content.

Date of Award

2017

Department

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original

2017

Object Description

1 PDF file (35 pages)

Language

EN

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application/pdf

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