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ERIC Number: ED255971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-16
Pages: 11
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The Decline of the Audience.
Jensen, Marvin D.
The decline of manners prevalent in American audiences can be reversed only by finding and addressing the causes for poor behavior. One theory suggests that social stresses have a ripple effect, eroding generosity and spawning a meanness of spirit that is eventually reflected in audience behavior. A related theory suggests that audience rudeness increases when people have not suffered enough. Other theories suggest that the decline of audience manners is more related to technological influences than to social changes. Such things as videogames and computers encourage quick reactions and offer instant resolutions--thus creating behaviors and expectations alien to aesthetic involvement. Education remains the primary counterforce to disruptive social and technological influences. Educators must foster the "old-fashioned" concept of manners. Toward that end (1) performance should be a central requirement of secondary school and undergraduate communication education, (2) curriculum planners should make performance courses prerequisite to criticism courses, (3) teachers should emphasize appropriateness rather than correctness of audience behavior, and (4) teachers should try to raise consciousness about audience behaviors. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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