Trifecta Analysis of "12 Angry Men"
The version of the "12 Angry Men" that I was able to obtain was the original with Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb. It is interesting to note that watching this movie with this assignment in mind gave me a different perspective of the jury's interactions. While there were several theories in play throughout this movie, in terms of the Communication Privacy Management, Groupthink, and Organizational Information theories, the most prevalent was Groupthink. Obviously, there were boundary violations creating boundary turbulence and the jury was a human organization required to disseminate information, but the symptoms of Groupthink were evident throughout. The Communication Privacy Management asserts that there is a process that people use to manage the disclosing of private information (West & Turner, 2007). This process develops relationships between private and public boundaries. When people's expectations for these boundaries come into conflict with another's, boundary turbulence exists. A good example of boundary turbulence was the scene when a juror goes off ranting about those' people and every other juror, one by one, gets up from the table and stepped away, clearly separating themselves from his opinion. The motivation for this rash disclosure could have been to garner support by attempting to highlight a boundary linkage that they share; that because they were not those' people, they shared a connection, an alliance against those' people. However, boundary turbulence was created instead because none of the jurors accepted his rational. In fact, boundaries were redrawn because of this outburst. This juror ended up sitting alone at another table never to contribute again to the group. Another example of Communication Privacy Management at work was that each time they voted, whether by show of hands or secret ballot, the jury was disclosing to each other what they thought about the defendant's innocence or guilt. The manner...
References: West, R, & Turner, L. H. (2007). Introducing communication theory: Analysis and application. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
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