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Unformatted text preview: reserved attitude.” (cited in Griffin, 376) Do you agree with her prediction? Why or why not? G201: Comm Theory – Discussion Questions 5. In your opinion, what is the most important variable in the “train/plane test”? Would you challenge any of the factors? Do you believe this is a reliable measure of willingness to speak out? 6. What role do “hard-core nonconformists” and “avant-garde” citizens play in shaping public opinion? Do you feel these individuals are rare or are they more common than Noelle-Neumann predicts? Why? 7. What factors other than perceived public opinion might limit a person’s willingness to speak out? Do you believe those are more important factors that challenge Noelle-Neumann’s theory? Why?...
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- Fall '10
- opinion, person, Belief, Spiral of silence, Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, World Association for Public Opinion Research