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ERIC Number: ED315809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Television Reporting of the Bereaved: A General Semantics Approach.
Hebert, Patrick J.
Knowledge and application of basic general semantics principles when interviewing the bereaved can heighten social sensitivity, reduce misinterpretations, and minimize misevaluations. General semantics is concerned with the need to make transformations between sensory input and language output more isomorphic. It is an attempt to produce the best possible match between behavior and the facts, between language and reality. It is a system of evaluation based on mental flexibility, and lack of "allness" reactions, and can lead to personal integration and objectivity which come from adequate evaluation. General semantics formulations can improve critical reading/writing skills, enhance self-concept, reduce prejudice, increase creativity, help facilitate effective communication within organizations, increase problem-solving skills while fostering personal-social adjustments, develop critical thinking skills, develop extensional thinking in journalism students, and improve counseling and therapy skills. Some of the basic formulations of general semantics as applied to mass media treatment of the bereaved are: time-binding, critical thinking, intensional orientation, polarization, indiscrimination, non-additivity, and fact-inference confusion. The influence of television reporting is further magnified when faced with the public's fascination with pain and death. General semantics could be fertile ground for training the reporter in matters pertaining to the bereaved. (Fifty-seven notes are included.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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