Date of Graduation

Spring 2023


Master of Arts in Communication



Committee Chair

Eric Morris


The effects of right wing politically charged violence are more visible now than at any other point in recent American history. The Internet, and social media more specifically, has become a crucial nexus point in the dissemination of decentralized Alt-Right propaganda. The visual nature of social media has increased the importance of images a means of communication. Through this thesis, I analyze artifacts coming out of these spaces representing a conversation between creators and audiences, and how they work dialogically to introduce and reify symbols of white masculine supremacy within this subgroup. Through this process, I find multiple recurring patterns and motifs which transmit these ideas through the use of drawn images, and explain why the use of the image expands the rhetorical possibilities for this communicative form.


political cartoons, alt-right, race, masculinity, Ben Garrison, white supremacy, metaphor, algorithm, enthymeme

Subject Categories

Communication Technology and New Media | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Graphic Communications | Mass Communication | Rhetoric | Social Influence and Political Communication | Social Media | Speech and Rhetorical Studies


© Andrew R.J. Hart

Open Access