I chose to watch the show Blue Bloods on CBS (Wade & Pressman, 2011). I had never seen this show before and did not know anything about it. It is an hour long, but I only watched the first 30 minutes of it with no sound before starting it over with sound. It was frustrating to me to watch without sound because I did not know the characters or even the setting. For example, I thought by the title and the opening scene that this was a show about politicians. It was not until after the opening credits that I realized this was a show about police officers.
The very first scene involved at man getting out of a Range Rover (which is a very expensive car) in a neighborhood that did not look so nice. He gets a phone call that makes him look concerned. Later he is found dead in his Range Rover in another part of the city. While I was watching without sound, I began guessing that he was a cop. However, after watching it with sound, I realized that he was not a cop, but rather an elite New Yorker who was heavily involved with fund raising for the Mayor that was just elected. In addition, I also learned that the phone call was from his wife and he lied to her about where he was. I was not able to understand any of this while watching with no sound.
In this show, Tom Selleck plays the New York City Police Commissioner. His daughter works for the district attorney’s office and his two sons are NYC police officers. I found it frustrating to watch the show with no sound because I was unable to understand the relationships between the characters. It really did not make much sense and most of the assumptions I made during the show were proven wrong when I watched the show with sound. Overall, this seems like an interesting show and I have set my DVR to record more episodes.
This exercise has been a good example of the roles verbal and non-verbal communication play in the overall communication process. Without both, the message may or may not be understood in its entirety. Our text explains that nonverbal communication can be ambiguous and that clues can be gained from the situational context (O’Hair & Weimann, 2009). Since did not understand the context of the show, I was unable to correctly interpret the non-verbal communication. This would not have been the case if it was a show that I watched regularly. I would have better understanding of the relationships between the characters and would have more of a knowledge base to make assumptions about facial expressions and body language.
O’Hair, D., & Wiemann, M. (2009). Real communication: An introduction. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Wade, K. (Writer) & Pressman, M. (Director). (2011, 23 September). Blood Bloods [Television Series]. Kelly, T. (Producer). New York, New York: CBS.