lec4 - (contd) April 12, 2011 Symbolic Interactionism...

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(cont’d) April 12, 2011 Symbolic Interactionism Objections to theory content 1. Too much emphasis is placed on the power of the actor to create reality 2. The theory doesn’t consider that humans are unique individuals (messages influence us, but we start as something that wasn’t constructed through communication; “born this way”) 3. Religious folks argue that the theory deemphasizes the presence of the soul 4. Overstatement (Mead’s Claim that communication is what makes us human – humanity is deeper than that; ex. son with down syndrome) Critique: Strengths 1. Great heuristic value 2. Logical (consistent) 3. Insightful Critique: Weaknesses 1. Too broad to be useful 2. Terminology is too vague (definitions are hard to understand) 3. Difficult to falsify (can’t be tested) Expectancy Violation Theory By Judee Burgoon Interpersonal Communication Theory – how relationships develop and how do we maintain them Proxemics: the study of the use of space Intimate zone: 0-18 inches (in this zone, we talk about more personal topics) Personal distance: 18 inches – 4 feet (this zone is reserved for family/friends) Social distance: 4-10 feet (business transactions, stranger-to-stranger convo; no private convo’s in this zone) Public distance: 10ft and beyond (public speaking events) Burgoon says we start our conversations with expectations; some people violate the rules; why sometimes
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course CMN 101 taught by Professor Feng during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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