Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2019

Capstone Advisor

Steven Sawyer

Honors Reader

Krista Kennedy

Capstone Major

Information Management and Technology

Capstone College

Information Studies

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Finance and Financial Management | Technology and Innovation


The purpose of this honor’s thesis is to consider the rhetoric about blockchain technology. It is recognizable that blockchain technology does not share a common definition, method, or general understanding; this absence or opacity influences its use in institutions and industries. To advance my thesis about the rhetoric of blockchain, I developed a framework to analyze and critique blockchain technology use. Then, I applied this framework to two articles that discuss the adaptation of blockchain in the financial industry. My findings were that advocates for the technology are influencing its intended use. The rhetoric surrounding the technology is why the technology is believed to enforce trust-free transactions.

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