Communicating in Groups 120
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In this chapter I explain how I interpret the term “group,” discuss grid-group theory and its relation to the media, offer a case study of small group to which I belong, and say something about the roles played by members of various kinds of groups. As the quote about Baudrillard makes clear, modern society is composed of a multitude of different kinds of groups, and these groups are characterized by the variety of different interests and kinds of messages they send and receive, in a society that is now shaped by consumer cultures and simulations, leading to what he described as a hyper-reality. Baudrillard has argued, perhaps facetiously, that Disneyland is the real America and America is a simulation of Disneyland. The main point is that groups play an all-important role in our lives, and how we communicate in groups is a fascinating topic. And Malcolm Gladwell points out that the size of our groups makes a great deal of difference and that when a group becomes larger than 150 members, it becomes much more difficult for it to function efficiently. I also discuss “groupthink” and conclude with a discussion of organizational communication.