Saturday, July 7, 2012

Blue Bloods

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.         


Amanda said...

You make a good point about possible misunderstanding. It is not uncommon for people to misunderstand what others are trying to say via non verbal communication. It leaves a lot of room for assuming which is a common cause for arguments in personal and professional settings.

Trecy Zarrieff said...

Thank You for your posting. I am one that is guilty of misinterpreting things.That is why communication is very important because people will twist things up to fit their own perception on how things should go.

Julia said...

I think it is interesting that it was hard to follow the non-verbal cues in the drama you chose. I happened to choose a comedy and the non-verbal cues were very clear. I was able to follow most of the story without sound, based only on the actors' non-verbal communication.

I think I would have had the same difficulty that you found if I had chosen a drama. Perhaps in comedy, non-verbal cues are more exaggerated?

Teresa G said...

I choose an animated children's show and it was quite easy to understand what was happening without the sound. I agree that if I had chosen a drama it probably would have been hard to follow. Perhaps the children shows are designed in a way to accomodate the level of thinking it takes to understand them knowing that children's vocabulary and communication skills are limited.