Books and Movies Reviews

Karate Kid

Small group communication is a concept that is quite familiar to us, but can also be confusing at the same time.In some way or another and at some point in our lives, we have belonged to some type of group whether it was a peer group, a club, a sports team, and so on.We understand that each group we associate ourselves with is a unique experience; one group experience is never exactly like the other.By stating these things, it is a safe to assume that we have all developed certain habits and attitudes about group work.In the next few paragraphs, I plan to demonstrate how the film "The Karate Kid" illustrates some aspects of small group communication and hopefully clear up some of the confusion we might have about the topic.
A group is defined by five characteristics: size, interdependence, structure, identity, and goal.Thefirst characteristic that I would like to discuss is size.A group consists of at least three people who work together to achieve a common goal.In "The Karate Kid", we see two different groups with conflict between the two.The two groups are the Cobra Kai's and Daniel, Ali, & Mr. Miyagi.The Cobra Kai's group consists of about 5 members who are out to make Daniel's life, along with all the other people's lives, a living hell.Daniel, Ali, and Mr. Miyagi are the other group where the goal is to get Daniel to win the karate tournament.
Interdependence means "that both group and individual outcomes are influenced by what other individuals do in the group. (Keyton 8)"As we see with the Cobra Kai's, their leader is Johnny.He basically has the most influence as to what goes on in the group and the decisions they make.For example, when they are on the beach in the beginning of the film, Johnny decides to start a fight with Daniel and one of the other group members says to leave him alone and Johnny pays no attention to him.This, in turn,…


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