The way we present ourselves to our peers is often dependent on the company we are in. When around people we are familiar with our behavior will be more relaxed, showing that that is a comfortable environment for us. The actions of someone in a stressful situation are more forced, and usually, result in the person looking like they don 't know how to act. Though people have different layers of personality, their true colors will find a way to shine through the cracks in the mask they try to put on. We may try our hardest to conceal how we feel about the world around us, attempting to stay neutral, in an effort not to offend anyone around us.
Living in a society with free sharing of knowledge allows individuals to use others’ viewpoints to determine their own perceptions. Many develop their identity and outlook of the world through sharing ideas in schools, literature, with peers, and in the media. However, when this communication process is limited or suppressed, people are inhibited from making fair assumptions and decisions. While this limits the freedom of individuals, societal systems can benefit from censorship since they can control ideas while preventing strife. These suppressive structures are seen in the societies of Pleasantville, by Gary Ross, and Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, as both dystopian societies create a false sense of security through the lack of any conflicts
Political interest and opinion for example might influence the way an individual gave attention to a media message. Selective exposure and selective attention also include their tendency to avoid those that might create dissonance. Selective retention, on the other hand, “is the process by which people tend to remember best and longest information consistent with their preexisting attitudes and interests.” In this step, an individual tend to remember more those that are closer to their beliefs and
By having access to instruments of mass media and other systems of public opinion, elites are able to shape the opinions of people and this makes their opinions to be taken seriously even when people do not necessarily agree with them. They use this aspect to control events and shapes attitudinal postures in how people relate with events that occur in the society. Indeed, elites can use their power to shape the complex processes of social cognition to line up with their preferences and ideals. The opinions of these elites are not necessarily adopted by the society at large. With this aspect in mind, elites can as well use their powers to suppress or marginalize alternative options (Dijk, p.44,
If some people are given benefits over others, they will be less likely to speak out against wrongdoing. In the Historical Notes, reflecting back on the events of Gilead, Crescent Moon notes that “As the architects of Gilead knew, to institute an effective totalitarian system or indeed any system at all you must offer some benefits and freedoms, at least to a privileged few, in return for those you remove” (308). This idea is also reflected in “I, Racist” by John Metta, when he questions whether the audience would speak out if another group was disadvantaged in a way that gave members of the audience small benefits. Sometimes speaking out is not in one’s own best interest, but from a moral standpoint should be done. Thus, a relevant theme to resisting oppression is the need to look beyond one’s own needs to see whether a system is systematically oppressing a group of people that might not be one’s
3, Gale, 1998. Literature Resource Center, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/H1420016482/GLS?u=avlr&sid=GLS&xid=d2ccbf5e. Accessed 5 Mar. 2018. Originally published in Indian Journal of American Studies, vol.
Authoritative leadership is less effective than collaborative leadership because fear and power create anarchy and dissent, while respect and decency create a harmonious society. This claim can be supported by Hobbes, Macbeth, and Plato. Primarily, the role of collaborative leadership is more effective
Social connections is another way to look and see what type of aggression is used in day to day life. For example, if your social connections are denser you have more of a chance of using passive aggression then those you do not have that big of a social connection. If you have a bigger social connection then there is more a chance that what you tell one person will be told to the next then the next. So for instance, you will be more likely to spread gossip in the hope that it will reach the person you are talking about then actually saying it directly to them. In a smaller social connection, you are more likely to say something directly to a person because there is
Baran (2012) states that “behaviour was limited by opinion leaders – people who initially consumed media content on topics of particular interest to them, interpreted it in light of their own values and beliefs, and then passed it on to opinion followed, people like them who had less frequent contact with media.” This theory can only go so far as in this day in age there are so many different mediums used to convey media information. With television, radio, newspapers, magazines, film and social media/internet they have the ability to influence the way we act dress and communicate with others. Our perception of what’s right and what’s wrong can be influenced by the type of television show we watch. An example of how powerful the media can be on peoples lives is German propaganda. Through creative film makers and enthusiastic radio personalities they were able to persuade the German men to enlist in