2011 - Com 240 4/19/2011 Groupthink, Technology, Dating, &...

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Com 240 4/19/2011 What about sexual orientation? Sex, ethnicity, and race protected by state and national laws Sexual orientation not protected in Michigan Views of Diversity from Each Approach (pg. 234) (Table) Groupthink Defined A mode of thinking that people engage in when they are deeply involved in a cohesive in- group, when the members' striving s for unanimity override their motivation to realistically appraise alternative courses of action. Can occur when: cohesion is too high group members are too similar, or the group is isolated from outside influences Prime Example of Groupthink 1986 Challenger Explosion Know mechanical problem, but problem was ignored due to pressure for “the launch” to occur on time Symptoms of Groupthink Illusions of invulnerability: everything's fine, special group, sense they can't make a bad decision Belief in Group's Morality rightness of the cause Shared Stereotypes us vs. them, stereotype people that don't buy in Self-censorship decide not to share there differing opinions Illusion of Unanimity because private doubts aren't expressed, it seems like everyone is on the same page
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course COM 240 taught by Professor Lillie during the Spring '07 term at Michigan State University.

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2011 - Com 240 4/19/2011 Groupthink, Technology, Dating, &...

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