Date of Award

1980

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Gross

Abstract

Taken from Introduction:

Thisstudyattemptstodescribepatternsofviewerinterpretive engagementwitha film.The film usedinthestudy,JonathanDemme's CitizensBand(1977),wasselectedbecauseinmostrespectsit was like thefilmsviewerscouldseeatcommercial, first-runmovie theatres.Informantswereselectedaccordingtothefrequencywith whichtheyreportedattendingfilms.Thisselectionwasdoneinline witha modelofinterpretive behaviordevelopedby SolWorthand LarryGross.Thismodelsuggeststhat experiencewithasymbolic mode mightleadtodifferent waysofinterpreting articulations within a mode.Ithoughtthat thedegreetowhichinformantsusedthemedium mightprovideananalyticcontextforexaminingdifferent patternsof interpretive engagementwithafilm.Thus,themainpurposeofthis studywastodescribethekindsofinterpretive acts and verbal responsesactualviewersengagein(inself-selected groups)when discussinga film after a viewing.

Thisstudyattemptstodescribepatternsofviewerinterpretive
engagementwitha film.The film usedinthestudy,JonathanDemme's
CitizensBand(1977),wasselectedbecauseinmostrespectsit was
like thefilmsviewerscouldseeatcommercial, first-runmovie
theatres.Informantswereselectedaccordingtothefrequencywith
whichtheyreportedattendingfilms.Thisselectionwasdoneinline
witha modelofinterpretive behaviordevelopedby SolWorthand
LarryGross.Thismodelsuggeststhat experiencewithasymbolic
mode mightleadtodifferent waysofinterpreting articulations within
a mode.Ithoughtthat thedegreetowhichinformantsusedthemedium
mightprovideananalyticcontextforexaminingdifferent patternsof
interpretive engagementwithafilm.Thus,themainpurposeofthis
studywastodescribethekindsofinterpretive acts and verbal
responsesactualviewersengagein(inself-selected groups)when
discussinga film after a viewing.

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