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Film and Emotional Contagion: Audiencing, Witnessing, and Performing the Lingua Franca of Compassion.

Abstract Utilizing visual semiotics and performance theories as a backdrop to inform a discussion regarding entertainment education and community dialogue, this study explores a unique case of compassionate communication being enacted at the most crucial moment – facing a school shooter at the height of a critical juncture. Through narrative film techniques and dramatism, a recreation of the real-life event was re-framed and distilled into a documentary-style film to showcase to general audiences for the purpose of dialogue catalyzation and elicitation. The film acts as a provocative statement for the process of conducting a Civil Dialogue® with the viewing audience. Qualitative analysis of 12 dialogue groups and 15 individual interviews (primarily ... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Fisher, Rosalie (Author) / Margolis, Eric (Advisor) / Broome, Benjamin (Committee member) / Olson, Clark (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Behavioral sciences / Film studies / Civil Dialogue / compassion / emotional contagion / performance in everyday life / school shootings / visual capital
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 179 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Communication Studies 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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Description Documentary Film - "A Way Out"