Friday, March 14, 2014

Play Again

          Communication theories can relate to one another, for example agenda setting theory, uses and gratifications theory and expectancy violations theory. The basic idea of agenda setting theory is that media can determine what we see and how we see it such as two different news channels, one can show us the republican side of everything in the world, FOX News,  and then the other can show the democratic side, PBS News. Then uses and gratifications theory is the feeling of relief we get some certain types of media and communication, such as the use of Facebook some people get the feeling of relief knowing that they have friends back home that they can’t talk to without the use of Facebook, also there is Tumblr where people go to escape the real world for while. And expectancy violations theory shows the things that we expect to see and have shown towards us, such as in this episode of Beyblade we see the character of Tyson and his team at a fancy restaurant and he just attacks the buffet table, but at a fancy restaurant you are expected to act in a different manner and dress nicely.  View from one minute in to 2:04,
            All three of these connect to each other in that with agenda setting, depending on your political party, we see on the news what we want to see and hear that in turn gives us a gratification of hearing what our party has to say, but when a member of the other party is on the news and they say something that we don’t want to hear about our own party can cause a violation in us.
            These theories are related to each other in the film called Play Again. This film takes a group of kids who spend the majority of their time playing videogames, watching TV, or texting out into the wilderness. Within the world that the kids were in of social media they had an agenda, especially in video games they know what they are going to do and how do it and that that’s what they were going to do when they got home, whereas when they went into the wilderness they had no agenda of any sort. But in the world of social media the kids have had an interview and most of them had stated that they got some kind of gratification from playing the video games and texting with the feeling that they have friends and they got to experience this in the wilderness as well. With expectancy violations theory what some of the kids saw in video games like Call of Duty the kids were expecting the real life military would be like that but it’s not, and when they went out into the wilderness it was not what they were expecting and not as easy as they though it should be. I suggest you watch this video it’s a very interesting film to watch.
            The more time children spend on screen the more they do the more they lose that sense of nature and touch and using our sense to learn about new things and soon the communication they have will no longer be face-to-face but on screen and when they go out into public they will have no way or understanding of how to talk to people. Society will become nothing more than a computer run society with no one talking to each other or walking around in nature, no one will know what rain or snow feels like or even grass, because that will not be around in the computer run society.

Griffin, Emory A. A First Look at Communication Theory. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2006. Print.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

How we act towards others

According to Jesse Delia, cognitive complexity is the mental ability that people have that help us distinguish little changes in people’s personality and behavior differences among the people we meet, this is what forms that first impression of people we meet and can also help us in social situations in how react (A First Look at Communication Theory, pg.99). Cognitive complexity is relevant to communication because it effects how you act and talk to someone, such as when you meet someone and they give you that vibe that they are rude person by how you see them act towards another person then you’ll treat them in a rude way and not really talk to them as much as someone who is really friendly to you.  In social situations it can helps us react to someone who talks to you about self-harming themselves and you need to know what to say to them that doesn’t make them more upset. Cognitive complexity with communication competence in that it helps us when it comes to talking to someone, who you get the wrong impression from, in a social situation where it’s an event and who need to talk to everyone nicely and even though you don’t like this person you have to talk to them in a nice tone.
                Some other examples of cognitive complexity are like in the anime show Dragonball Z (DBZ, there’s a character named Vegeta and he is the character you is rivals with the main character Goku. Vegeta’s attitude is that he is very cold and he takes his status as a Prince to heart and doesn’t believe in helping those that are lower than him. However every once in a while he does help , but give you that attitude that he will always have, and that shows his cognitive complexity towards others in that they know deep down he does care even if he doesn’t show it often.
            Another example is how we act towards someone that to us seems nice but then we see their true colors, yet we will act nice to them even though we are really trying to get back at them. Such as in the movie Mean Girls, during this scene Regina, to Cady, seems like she’s talking to Aaron for her but is really taking him back and later on in the next scene we see that Cady and her friends are getting revenge on her by having Cady pretending to be nice to Regina.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Working as One

            Have you ever had that friend that when you are standing in a group of people they just walk up behind you and rub their butt on your leg and you just start laughing but everyone else just has that look of awkwardness? Or you have those certain inside jokes with family and friends, which is what is a part of Symbolic Convergence Theory (SCT) by Ernest Bormann. What this theory is the sharing of similar interest through communication with the use of tasks, that allows the group to get work done, and social functions, help the group have fun and enjoy the work they are doing.
            There are many aspect of this theory that help you to understand SCT better, one part of it is the dramatizing message that according to Bormann is the comments or actions done by a group member that is imaginative, paint a picture in your head and are usually not related to current situation. Such as in the anime show Beyblade, it’s one of my favorites, there’s a scene that happens in the ninth episode of the first season where the characters Kenny, Max, Tyson and Ray are talking about their other member Kai who has walked away and then out of nowhere Tyson yells, “Who’s up for some pizza!” This caused Kenny and Max to look at him like he was crazy but Ray started to laugh at it. Here’s a video with this scene, start watching at 17:40. This is what a dramatizing message does it causes you to react.
            This scene also is related to the next aspect that is the fantasy chain which is when others in the group contribute to the message and create a story around the message (Bormann). In this scene from Beyblade the others start to agree with Tyson on getting food and the story gets bigger. The same thing happens when working on a group project and someone brings up a TV show that they watch and the others say that they watch it too and then everyone starts talking about the show and what happens. These fantasy chains can even become public the more you share the story with other people outside the group, they may not get the reaction as quick but they still get it and share what they think about what was shared at the beginning.
            The next aspect is the symbolic cue or something that triggers the memory of that first response to the fantasy chain and message (Bormann). This can be anything, for me it refers back to what I said about your friend coming up to you in a group of people and rubbing their butt on your leg. This is something my best friend, Devin, does to me often and every time she does it we just act like it’s a normal thing that happens, but to others its weird and awkward and they end up walking away then Devin and I just start laughing. It can be this or it can be someone saying something from the TV show that reminds everyone of the moment. This also can be inside jokes that you have with friends and family, for example the show Whose Line Is It Anyway, they have a lot of inside jokes that can happen in one show that they use throughout the rest of the show, check out this video of their inside jokes to get a better idea:
            The final aspect of SCT is symbolic convergence where the group members develop a unique mind set, members become more of a team not a me, and there’s cohesiveness between them (Bormann). For example in high school I was a part of the dance team and being a part of that team and group we had to work as a team and make sure that everyone was on same page. So for the unique mind set of the dance team we had to be able to learn the moves and help each other out. We were a team and no one was to being anything outside the group to practice.  As for working with cohesiveness, we had to learn to be one unit and work united. As a dance team you have to move as one unit not separate people, because if one person moves outside of the unit then points can be taken away from the total score. During the state championship there is a moment went all teams dance together as one unit in what is called the Grand Finally. Here is a video of the 2012 state Grand Finally to show the cohesion that all the teams have even though they are competing against each other.
            By going through these steps, even though we don’t even know it, can help us break down that wall we have when it comes to working in groups and helps us to realize that we all are reaching for the same goal. Like in school projects it’s getting a good grade and doing your part so that the others don’t fail. And then this can help there to be a better group communication by that fact that you found those similarities between members and you can talk to them outside the group project and just being able to count on them when you are in a tight spot.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Social Media and Texting Challenge

                We all know that when the internet was invented and we were able to access it anywhere from any device, we stopped talking to people on the phone and choose to text them instead. We also use social media like facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest and tumblr, known as Computer Mediated Communication (CMC), to communicate with the world and others. Due to this we become dependent on those things that we can’t go a single day without logging on into one of these social media websites or texting someone about our day instead of choosing to call them and hear their voice.
            Another part of this concept is the theory discovered by Joseph Walker called the Social Information Processing (SIP). In this theory Walker explains that relationships can only grow if both parties participating exchange information about one another to then form impersonal impressions of who they person is they are talking to. By combining Sip with CMC, Walker explains that when we engage in CMC we are missing the non-verbal and verbal cues that we see in face-to-face communication that helps us to create a better understanding of who that person is. With CMC we are forced to create that person with just the words they use and how long it takes for them to reply to our messages and that can always make the person seem like they really don’t want to talk to you because they don’t reply right away or that they could be mad at when they say, “oh alright,” because you don’t what tone they are using.
            In order to better understand how much we depend on CMC and SIP, I have taking on a 48 hour challenge of not using any type of social media. However, through doing this challenge I only mange to make it for 12 hours and the reason why I cracked was because I received an important email from an advisor, and I didn’t have her number to call her, that I needed to reply right away to. It wasn’t very hard for me to not use CMC, I guess it was because I let anyone who I usually talk to what I was doing and although my roommate kept texting me from her room when I was in mine, I just went into her room to talk to her. I think what makes going through this challenge hard are those messages from people in our lives that we only have the use of CMC to communicate with them. Yet, really enjoyed trying out this challenge, I was able to get a lot of homework done that probably wouldn’t have gotten done otherwise.
            I suggest that everyone should try to do this 48 hour challenge of no social media or texting and for you to see how long you can last, then reflect on why you cracked.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

What We Expect

                In every culture we have social norms that we follow and believe, like when walking into a job interview we are expected to wear certain clothes that look professional and to act a certain way that is different than how we act around our friends. And when we break those social norms they become violations, this is the expectancy violations theory. When people do something to us that goes against what we see as being normal.
                I’ve experienced this as both the person experiencing the violation and having done a violation. When I was a senior in high school, I was a part of the Cranberry court. The Cranberry court is one of the things that my town does to spread the knowledge of the Cranberry Festival that we have every year, and what makes this so special is that when you become a member you are an ambassador to Bandon. As an ambassador we had to go to events in Coos County promoting the festival. While at one of these events, the Coos County Fair, we were walking around and talking to people and trying to sell buttons that we had. We ran into two members of the army that were working a booth and we started talking to them about the festival and who we were. While talking with them we had the expectation that they would be nice and willing to hear us out, but we were proven wrong when they started being rude to us and arguing about everything we talked about.
                However, we also ended up violating what they were expecting of us, the way we talked about the festival was very upbeat, and we were happy and excited, which to them sounded like we freshman in high school and not seniors. When we had told them that we were seniors, one guy had told us that we needed to prove how we talk and to try and sound more like we are going to start college and not high school. We replied back that we would try for the next, but what we couldn’t get out of our heads was that he had said that and he didn’t understand that how we were acting was who we are as people, but then again the way they acted towards us was not what we expected and had to understand that that’s just how they have to act when in uniform.
                This experience shows that we all have different expectations of people we meet and when they meet them it can be really insulting and we can be out off and that impression of that person or people can be kept in our heads and that’s how we are going to expect everyone like that to act. And it may surprise you when someone breaks the expectation and social norm you created.