Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

Dr. Stephen G. Cobb


New media technology is now present everywhere in our society. This technology has a large impact on individuals with and without access to it. In the following paper, I will discuss issues of access and new media technology from history to present day. This is an effort to combine both of my majors - Sociology and Communications - into a work which could easily be expanded upon for graduate studies. By briefly reviewing the history of new media technology as well as historically outlining minority group oppression in the United States, correlations will be suggested between the development of technology and oppression. A variety of theories within this text explain why oppression and technology are related. Since the basis of this text falls under the umbrella of Liberation Sociology - sociology that seeks not only to understand the world in which we live and participate, but also to change it - recommendations are offered in an effort to change the repeating minority oppression within the United States.


Senior Thesis, sociology and film studies, Messiah College, 2004.