This research explores how a decentralized social movement evolved into an effective political apparatus. A central claim of this research is that the Tea Party movement has been politically influential because of its decentralization. This research suggests that the Tea Party's decentralized structure made it necessary to operate within decentralized online echo chambers. The original research includes a content analysis of a Tea Party candidate's Twitter account, a content analysis of 300 e-mails sent by a leading Tea Party group, and a content analysis of the September 2011 Republican primary debates, including one that was dubbed the CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate. The findings suggest that the Tea Party movement in December 2011 is fundamentally different than the movement that first emerged in January of 2009. In order to stay politically influential, the decentralized Tea Party movement became more centralized. These findings suggest that the Tea Party movement's future political relevance is relative and depends entirely on how the movement continues to evolve.
I am currently the Associate Manger, Digital Video Entrepreneurship at PBS Digital Studios where I helped launch PBS' Indiegogo page that generated over $145,000. I currently oversee and help produce over 35 digital video station productions across the country which generate thousands of views per month.
After graduating from The University of Rochester in 2008, I worked in the digital media department of Obama for America Virginia, producing and editing over 30 videos that have generated over 1.83 million YouTube views since 2008. I then went on to work in the New Media department at the White House, producing more than 20 videos that have generated over 2.47 million YouTube views since 2009.
I went on to earn my Master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Technology (CCT) from Georgetown University. The CCT program allowed me to explore in greater depth the relationship between technology and politics. While at Georgetown I helped start emandp.com, a dynamic online journal that is adaptive to new media and evolving forms of political communication research.
I served as Deputy Digital Director for Obama for America Colorado. In Colorado, I primarily managed the online video content that was broadcast on both a local and national level. Over a four-month period I produced, filmed and edited 30 videos for the official Barack Obama YouTube channel which have generated over 683,000 views since 2012. I also regularly assisted strategizing and creating content for the Colorado Twitter and Facebook accounts. While creating this content, I regularly worked with high profile surrogates and top administration and U.S. government officials.