ST.PAULS UNIVERSITY-NAIROBI CAMPUS
NAME: SAKWA M. JAMES
ADM NO.: 0915/11
UNIT NAME: THEORIES OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION
ASSIGNMENT: REACTION PAPER BASED ON THE MOVIE THE BLINDSIDE USING THE SYMBOLIC INTERACTION AND THE CYBERNETICS THEORY
PRESENTED TO: MR. J.NDAVULA
Use of Symbolic-Interaction Approach
“Symbolic Interactionism” is a concept developed by, George Hebert Mead (Griffin, 2009). Symbolic Interactionism has three core premises which lead “to the creation of a person’s self and socialization into a larger community” (Griffin, 2009). It is a framework for building theory that sees society as the product of the everyday interactions of individuals.
When we use symbolic-interaction theory with this movie we see how Michael is a homeless teenager trying to fit in. We see when he goes to school he struggles to fit in and how he stays quiet throughout the day. You can also use the S.I. theory on how Micheal when he was homeless he had ratty clothes and not many personal belongings. A S.I. theorist would look at Michael and see how he doesn't have a bed and is staying in the Tuohy house on a couch as a symbol of homelessness and poverty. Lastly when using this theory you see how the movie portrays and gives the homeless symbols of run down houses and having drugs and illegal activity going on in the movie. For instance having no bed or personal home for Michael Oher is a symbol of poverty. Perceptions
“Humans act toward people based on the meanings they assign to those people”. Most people within the context of the Blindside seemed to write off Michael Oher. There were some who saw him as a young, African American male who was slow in the head, poorly educated and unkempt. Those would include, at least in the beginning of his time at the private school, most of his teachers and most of the others students.
Because they ascribed to Michael their own beliefs, they never gave him a chance to reveal himself. There was an interesting piece...
References: Netter,G,Kosove,A.& Johnson,.B(Producers) & Hancock,(Director).(2009) Blind Side: United States:Warner Bro Pictures.
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