Tim Watson-When Silence is Golden

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What? Did you not hear me? I was talking to you. Oh maybe you didn’t hear me, because I am Silent Bob and communicate non verbally. I wanted to share with you a brief summary of the movie that Silent Bob plays one of the main characters in the movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back. Jay and Silent Bob grew up together and are seen at the start of the movie as young infants, being left in front of a convenient store by both of their mothers. The movie then jumps forward to when both of them are both older young men still in front of the same convenient store, except now selling drugs to other people. The two main characters that the movie follows is Jay and Silent Bob, who is silent throughout the entire movie just as the name says. Throughout the movie Jay and Silent Bob seem to have their own language or understanding of one another. As our textbook states in Nonverbal Communication (Burgoon 2010 p. 5), Nonverbal communication can lead to misunderstanding as well as understanding. Well in the case of Jay and Silent Bob their never seemed to be any misunderstandings. Jay was a prime example of an individual who had a great ability of encoding and decoding what Silent Bob was saying. (Burgoon, p. 25) The owner of the convenient store gets a restraining order to keep them away from his store and from selling drugs in front of it. After this happens both Jay and Silent Bob feel lost due to the fact that the two of them basically grew up in front of that convenient store. The two of them after talking with Brodie, one of their friends in the movie they find out a movie is being made that has two characters that are in their same likeness. At first after finding this out from their friend Brodie, they decide that they want to get their cut of the money from the movie that they feel they both deserve. So they meet one of the creators of the movie and the characters who were created in their likeness Blunt man and Chronic.  In the movie Jay and Silent Bob the two decide after receiving money from the creators of the movie to visit all the people who had written or posted negative things about the movie or them. The movie is full of funny scenes and lots of comedy, and one liners. Silent Bob’s character was one who throughout the movie uses various gestures (p. 42) to communicate with Jay as well other people in the movie. He also used his Eye behavior (p.43) and Facial Expression (p. 44) as other ways that he would communicate non-verbally. Silent Bob also at times would make use of signs and symbols (p. 17) to help relay the message or get his point across. Overall it was a movie that isn’t for everybody, but as for a prime example of nonverbal communication, Silent Bob is it.

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Movie Clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8_YI97mj0cdownload

Burgoon, Judee K. (2010 Pearson Education) Nonverbal Communication.

 

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