Date of Award
Master of Arts
Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication
While Mommy War rhetoric provides the foundation for a discourse in the mothering community, its explosive power is best examined in a medium where women, often times new moms, feel safe expressing their concerns, desires, and needs: the mommy blog. In many senses, the mommy blog is perfect venue for the mother to build community among like-minded people while gathering the advice, support, and resources necessary to conquer the arduous task of mothering. However, the community that mothers expect to find in the mommy blog is often replaced with hostile or uncivil discourse between bloggers and their readers. Specifically, this thesis will address how and why this happens by examining how Aristotle's canons of invention and style influence each other and the ways a blogger and her audience interact with each other by closely examining the mommy blogs Dooce, a single author blog written to an audience that does not allow anonymous comments, and Café Mom at The Stir, a multiple-author blogger site composed for an audience that does allow anonymous comments.
Jamie Dale Harsha
Harsha, Jamie Dale, "Discouraging discourse: Mommy War rhetoric in the digital age" (2016). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 15012.