Honors Program Theses
Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)
Apologizing; Politicians; Scandals;
In the modern age of instantaneous technological connections to people and places around the world, it is not unusual to be bombarded with news of public figures being involved in some form of scandal. Ventures into the private lives of celebrities have been a staple of selling magazines for decades. However, recent attention to the world of politics reveals that politicians may be facing increasing scrutiny for their scandals as well, relating to transgressions in both their public, or political, lives and their personal lives. This trend represents not only a shift in who is considered an interesting public figure but could potentially indicate a shift in what is considered to be worthy discussion within the public sphere. If personal scandals consistently impact the political realm, then it is possible that the public and political spheres are undergoing major shifts in what is considered rhetorically important.
Year of Submission
Department of Communication Studies
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
© 2011 Christopher Outzen
Outzen, Christopher, "Apologia, atonement, and the public sphere" (2011). Honors Program Theses. 87.