Masters Theses

Abstract

"This study examines how tsunami satellite images operate and could provoke various interpretations. The goal of this research project is to study whether the interpretation of tsunami satellite images could extend beyond scientific features to affective messages. Primarily based on the satellite images of Sri Lanka taken before and during the 2004 tsunami, this study analyses: How could mechanical satellite images, taken automatically by a machine in orbit, become an object of profound emotional meaning?; How do viewer's experiences, knowledge, and discourse affect their interpretations of mechanical artifacts?; How are tsunami satellite images connected to affective responses by viewers?; How can tsunami satellite images be interpreted and analyzed in a humanistic way?; What can the understanding of the ways people analyze and interpret satellite imagery contribute to our knowledge and practice of visual technical communication and visual rhetoric?"--Abstract, page iii.

Advisor(s)

Northcut, Kathryn M., 1964-

Committee Member(s)

Wright, David
Doty, Gene
Malone, Edward A.

Department(s)

English and Technical Communication

Degree Name

M.S. in Technical Communication

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2009

Pagination

viii, 110 pages

Geographic Coverage

Sri Lanka

Rights

© 2009 Irangi Egodapitiya, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Rhetorical criticism
Tsunamis -- Remote-sensing images -- Sri Lanka
Visual communication -- Case studies

Thesis Number

T 9484

Print OCLC #

436089083

Electronic OCLC #

318459886

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