MMS420

All, all missed assignments are to be send to my email: lca120@gmail.com by Wednesday November 25 at midnight.

  1. About Me: Students are to complete a page document containing his/her name, where they are from, why they choose Mass Communication as a Major and what are his or her’s aspirations career wise. Please include your cell phone and personal email address. 
  2. Critical Thinking Assignment: Students are to engage in a critical thinking assignment in this course. For this assignment, students will have to:

1. Read the challenging question below.

2. Think, come up with a solution.

3. Write his/her solution down in bullet point format.

4. Type the solution in a word document.

5. Submit the assignment in the drop box here in CANVAS.

This is an individual assignment. 

Question: “The social penetration theory proposes that, as relationships develop, communication between two people move from non-intimate to  deeper, more intimate ones.” Have you seen the former in your life? What if a person in the communication exchange, although she develops a relationship with the other party, she is incapable of building deeper more intimate conversations with her friend. In a bullet format, what do you think she should do? 

3. Theory Presentation

Students in groups of three (or individually) are to prepare a PowerPoint presentation about any theory of mass communication we discussed in this class — Uses and Gratification, Proxemics, Adaptive Structure Theory… etc. *These theories can be found in our book and/or the chapter content found here in CANVAS. 

The presentation must have 7 slides in order. 

1. Introduction 

2. Founders of the theory 

3. What The Theory Is About 

4. Principles About The Theory 

5. How You Would Use The Theory

6. Final Thoughts 

7. References. 

Students DON’T need to present the content — Only produce the powerpoint. 🙂 

Thank you!  

4. Final Examination

  1. Meaning is created in interaction between people. T/F
  1. Mead calls the subject, or acting self, the I and the object, or observing self, the _________.

      A. Me

      B. Us

      C. Theirs 

      D. None of the above

3. Significant symbols are those symbols that evoke basically the ___________ meaning for many people

      A. Different

      B. Same

      C. Sort of Okay  

      D. All the above 

4. The book outlining Mead’s thinking was titled Mind, Self, and Society. T/F

5. Humans act toward others on the basis of the meanings those others have for them. T/F

6. Concepts are not words or terms that label the most important elements in a theory. T/F

7. Generally speaking, a theory is an abstract system of concepts with indications of the relationships among these concepts that help researchers to understand a phenomenon. T/F

8. In week #3, we spend some much time speaking about a theory of media effects. Is technology controlling society or is society controlling technology?  Elaborate. 

9. All people in daily life think like researchers, using implicit theories to help understand many questions. T/F

10. In class, we spoken about a number of communication theories so far.  One of the theories we spoke about  was non-verbal communication theories. We spoke about  eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, posture and body orientation, body language and so on. Are gestures universal or country specific? Elaborate your response with an example.   

11.  Ralph LaRossa and Donald C. Reitzes (1993) suggest that SI Theory is “essentially . . . a frame of reference for understanding how humans, in concert with one another, create symbolic worlds and how these worlds, in turn, shape human behavior” (p. 136). T/F

12. Uncertainty Reduction Theory (URT) was originated by Charles Berger and Richard Calabrese in 1967. T/F

13. Social Exchange Theory (SET) is based on the notion that people think about their relationships in economic terms. T/F

14. One study (Mongeau, Jacobsen, & Donnerstein, 2007) found that reducing uncertainty was cited as a primary goal in dating. T/F

15. Social exchanges doesn’t involve a connection with another person. T/F

16. Power is the degree of dependence a person has on another for outcomes. T/F

17. Several researchers observe that Symbolic Interaction is a community of theories, rather than simply one theory. T/F

18. Prediction can be defined as the ability to forecast the behavioral options likely to be chosen from a range of possible options available to oneself or to a relational partner. T/F

19. Rewards are the elements of a relationship that have positive value. T/F

20. In week #2, we had a great chat about proxemics. personal space and how they relate to other communication theories. Explain proxemics in about a paragraph or so. 

21. Critics observe that the theory’s focus on the individual’s power to create reality ignores the extent to which people live in a world not of their own making. T/F

22. Cognitive uncertainty refers to the degree of certainty associated with beliefs and attitudes. T/F

23. Social Exchange Theory predicts that the worth of a relationship influences its outcome, or whether people will continue with a relationship or terminate it. T/F

24. On chapter #2 of the book, it is stated that “Many phenomenologists believe that an individual’s system of beliefs should not influence the dialogue taking place.” In your view, if the former statement possible? explain your answer. 

25. Two different universities, the University of Iowa and the University of Chicago, employed scholars who subscribed to the ideas of the pragmatists, and at both schools, Symbolic interaction was advanced. T/F

26. Proactive uncertainty reduction comes into play when a person thinks about communication options before actually engaging with another person. T/F

27. Mead’s doesn’t believe in individuals as active, reflective participants in their social context. T/F

28. What has been the most important lesson (or concept) you have learned in this class and why.  

29. The comparison level (CL) is a standard representing what people feel they should not receive in the way of rewards and costs from a particular relationship. T/F

30. The Iowa School adopted a more quantitative approach to their studies. T/F

31. URT posits a dynamic movement of interpersonal relationships in their initial stages. T/F

32. Meaning isn’t created in interaction between people. T/F

33. Social exchanges rarely involve explicit bargaining. T/F

34. Berger and Calabrese began with a collection of axioms, or truisms drawn from past research and common sense. T/F

35. The notion that humans seek rewards and avoid punishment is consistent with the conceptualization of drive reduction (Roloff, 1981). T/F

36. Axioms aren’t the heart of the theory. T/F

37. In symbolic interaction theory, individuals construct meaning via the communication process. T/F

38. Theorems are theoretical statements that are derived from axioms. T/F