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ERIC Number: ED315806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
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Groups in Action on Prime-Time TV.
Keyton, Joann
A study analyzed six prime-time television shows--"The Cosby Show,""Cheers,""Dear John,""Designing Women,""Golden Girls," and "Roseanne"--to examine group communication as it is portrayed on a daily basis in these shows, or how groups interact in the sitcom genre. One episode of each of the six 30-minute shows was selected for analysis, in each case an episode that centered around a group of characters and their interaction. Sequentially fragmented, edited versions that contained only the scenes where group interaction occurred were diagrammed and accompanied by a synopsis of the scene, an identification of the group unit, and an identification of the apparent group purpose. Several general themes came through in the episodes examined: (1) even though the shows use a group context for interaction, group interaction generally means personal problem solving; (2) while there are differences in the dominance of the members, the differences in friendly and unfriendly behaviors are the ones that give the groups their flavor; (3) non-central characters in the story lines are the ones most often in the swing area between the dominant subgroups of the story; and (4) work is romanticized. Future research on group communication might work toward new definitions of the nature of group goals and group tasks; more detail about group interaction is needed. (Thirty-seven references, six diagrams, two tables of data, and a chart are included, and an appendix detailing group shows considered for analysis is attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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