Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
With the advent of instant connection, as granted through modern technology, society has become intrinsically connected. The intensity of this connection runs counter to the individualistic ideal of small town America. In most regards, small towns live comfortably enough on the fringes of larger cultural interests, but when an event occurs that captures the fascination of greater culture, the intersection breeds great conflict. After the Newtown shootings, citizens hung signs on their doors warning reporters to leave them alone. Similar stories were reported after Stuebenville. This novel explores the tensions that come when ideas of individualism clash with the socially connected media culture through the lens of a small town in Arkansas, off the bank of Greer's Ferry Lake.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Allen, Dallas Joseph, "Quiet Spaces" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1158.