ERIC Number: ED337839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Fantasy Theme Methodology on the Study of Political Communication.
Larson, Charles U.
In 1972 Ernest Bormann and his students were in the process of developing and applying what was later called "fantasy theme analysis" to various kinds of communication including the political campaign communication of 1972. Fantasy theme methodology ultimately developed into "Symbolic Convergence Theory," which has generated a wide variety and impressive quantity of research since 1972. Numerous conference papers, articles, and books using the methodology to explain various aspects of political communication have appeared. These applications of the theory have had impact on at least four levels of the study of political communication: (1) the redefinition of political invention and style; (2) a focusing on the consumer and co-creator of political messages; (3) an understanding of the role of mass media journalism in promoting themes which chain out; and (4) the legitimation of studying short political messages, especially in investigation of non-discursive message elements. (Seventeen notes are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Fantasy Theme Analysis; Political Communication; Symbolic Convergence Theory of Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 1991).