Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Shane Miller


Millennial rhetoric has predominately had an apocalyptic theme in the past; however, the current rhetoric about the millennium can be seen as more positive, optimistic, and enthusiastic. By treating the texts Deep Impact and Armageddon, various news sources, and five web sites as part of what Becker (1971) defines as a "mosaic," it was found that the current view of the millennium presents various tensions present in our current society. These tensions include unity versus individualism, technological advancement versus technological limitations, and optimism versus angst. The analysis suggests that unity is preferred over individualism to overcome current obstacles at the turn of the millennium, that technology is still an advancing avenue to overcome obstacles despite its limitations, and that viewing current obstacles optimistically helps downplay angst in times of struggle.