ERIC Number: ED352682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Synthetic History and Subjective Reality: The Impact of Oliver Stone's "JFK."
Elliott, William R.; And Others
Based on models created by social reality researchers, a study used a modification of a Solomon four group design to investigate the influence of symbolic reality (exposure to the film "JFK") on a student audience's subjective reality (knowledge of the assassination of President Kennedy, political mistrust and belief in the existence of a shadow government) and communication behaviors. A total of 74 students were interviewed at one time, most of them within 1 week of seeing "JFK." Approximately 3 weeks later, 143 students were interviewed including 66 of those interviewed earlier. The findings show an influence of exposure to "JFK" on students' knowledge about the assassination, belief in the existence of a shadow government, and interpersonal discussion of the assassination. Findings indicate that "JFK" played a significant role in the development of the audience's image of the Kennedy assassination. (Five tables of data and one figure are included and 42 references are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; JFK (Film); Kennedy (John F); Perceived Reality
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (75th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 5-8, 1992).