Honors Program

University Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Tammy Hayes

Thesis Professor Department

Media and Communication

Thesis Reader(s)

Shara Lange


Humans are social creatures. Yet when the pandemic forced the world into lockdown, social interaction became limited and more intentional. I explore the forms of communication people turned to during this time through a series of podcast episodes. I interview people who can provide first-hand experiences of how major areas of life changed. The areas I focused on are digital literacy in the elderly, online connections versus in-person ones, telehealth, education, journalism, and social media. The episodes can be listened to on the Disconnected website.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Digital Divide.mp3 (37439 kB)
Education.mp3 (56298 kB)
Journalism.mp3 (61481 kB)
Online Connections.mp3 (39624 kB)
Social Media.mp3 (39067 kB)
Telehealth.mp3 (25792 kB)


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