Rhetoric and Digital Storytelling

By: Lauren Malone  

This study uses ethnographic and autoethnographic methods to explore the ways lifestyle blogs create and share culture using narrative and multimedia. Specifically, this study focuses on the blogs of LGBT+ people of color, and attempt to draw conclusions on how cultural markers in this community develop narratives of the community itself. Blogs include The G-Listed, Trans Griot, The Mad Professah Lectures, and the Black Lesbian Love Lab archives, as well as the presenter’s own blogging experience.

Media, Representation, Identities
Media Cultures
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Lauren Malone

United States
United States

My name is Lauren Malone, and I’m heading into my fourth year of my doctoral program in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. Prior to attending Iowa State, I finished my undergraduate work at Central College (Pella, IA) and my Master's at London Metropolitan University. I spent my undergraduate years working in my intercultural life department. I have also worked as an admissions counselor. These backgrounds, plus my hobbies of games, podcasts, and music, have influenced my research interests: business communication, media and game-based learning, curriculum and instruction, intercultural communication, multicultural education.