Portland State University. Department of Communication
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Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication
1 online resource (vii, 106 pages)
This thesis examines how the practice of sciencing, tech-romancing, simulacra, and simulation manifests in both the text and symbols used on audiences of the Church of Scientology’s outreach materials. It specifically examines its official FAQ page. Self-framing was observed that satisfied the definition of sciencing and tech-romancing. Under an Estranged approach, I examined selections of the Church’s FAQ pages, coding for instances of sciencing, tech-romancing, simulacra, and simulation. The data indicate that the Church frequently adopts simulacra and engages in simulation. The Church was seen frequently adopting technological and scientific symbols and jargon. The degree of sciencing, tech-romancing, simulacra, and simulation present in their materials positions the Church of Scientology as an excellent case study, and even epitomizes the use of these constructs.
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Morrill, David Scott, "Scientology's FAQ: Sciencing, Tech-romancing, Simulacra, & Simulation an Estranged Content Analysis" (2022). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 6257.