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ERIC Number: ED052208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 25
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Reactions of the General Public to Obscenity at College Demonstrations.
Lewis, James J.
To determine whether the use of obscenities at college demonstrations creates negative hostile responses among the general population or positive and inclusive feelings toward the demonstrators, or both responses, interviews were conducted in the Denver Metropolitan area. An interview questionnaire was administered to 200 informants, 175 caucasians and 25 other races, of whom 55 were under the age of 30, 75 were between 30 and 49, and 67 were 50 and older. For study purposes, obscenity was operationally defined as "sex, body, and toilet words, but not words like 'hell' and 'damn'." Scaled and open-ended responses were obtained. The data obtained show the following: (1) the Denver area sampled reacted extremely negatively toward the use of obscenity in college demonstrations; (2) non-caucasians were much less negatively affected than were caucasians; (3) younger persons responded more favorably than did those who were older; (4) attitude toward sex and familiarity with obscenity were found to be affected by the variable of age; and (5) persons under 30, as well as those with a positive sex attitude, were much less likely to give responses of "disgust" and "anger." It is suggested that an age-related cluster of attitudes determines reactions, and obscenity is more effective for reaching specific groups. (DB)
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Note: Paper presented at Meeting of the International Communication Association (Phoenix, April 22-24, 1971)