Video and Multimedia

Video Resources

Video Link 2.1: Miss Teen South Carolina

Description: Part of this clip made the rounds on YouTube in 2007 when Miss Teen South Carolina stumbled over a question she was asked on a weekend pageant. You should now be in a better position than in 2007 to analyze what is going on in the clip and also what is being done by the Today Show presenters who interviewed her the following Monday. What identity is the pageant contestant trying to project as she gives her answer, and why is her performance failing? How do the Today Show hosts help her to repair her identity (there are several ways and you should find at least four)?

Video Link 2.2: Let’s Reciprocate

Description: Read the section in your textbook about self-disclosure. Then, as you watch this clip from the television show Cheers, consider how the exchange of personal information between Sam and Carla works in their friendship. While this is an exaggerated case of reciprocity, how and what kinds of personal information do you share with someone you have just met? With someone on a first date? With someone you have known for a year or more?

Video Link 2.3: Positive and Negative Altercasting

Description: Read the brief section in your textbook about altercasting. Then, watch this video about how we use altercasting to gain compliance (get others to do what we want them to do). Think of a time when someone used altercasting to try to urge you to do what they wanted you to do. Think of a time when you used altercasting to try to have someone do what you wanted them to do. Do you think altercasting is a useful strategy or should be avoided?

Web Resources

Web Link 2.1: U.S. Department of Justice: Identity Theft and Identity Fraud

Description: Examine the details about identify theft. According to this chapter, is identity theft possible?  In what sense?

Web Link 2.2: Erving Goffman

Description: Website on the life and work of Erving Goffman, who is well known for his work on identities, including the notion of front stage and back stage, and how we present ourselves to others in interaction.