Essay on Symbolic Convergence Theory By Ernest Bormann

886 Words May 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Fantasies provide an escape from the daily hassles of life. When one thinks of a fantasy, one may conjure up things like unicorns flying in the wind, elves dancing around a Christmas tree, or like the poem expresses, touching dragonflies and stars. All incidences are unreal, imaginative. Ernest Bormann, however, had another perspective on fantasy altogether. Fantasy is dimensionally acquired through dramatization and rhetorical vision. “Rhetorical vison is considered to be construction of a groups world view”. Once engaged in the fantasy, the theme itself creates a cohesiveness within the group. He incorporated fantasy themes into his theory called symbolic convergence theory, which involves “sharing group fantasies that create symbolic convergence”. Symbolic convergence is defined on Wikipedia as “a general communication theory that offers an explanation for the appearance of a group 's cohesiveness, consisting of shared emotions, motives, and meanings”. Bormann’s Symbolic Convergence Theory involves sharing group fantasies that create symbolic convergence. It is essentially a method by which rhetorical criticism that is applicable to the media, small groups and other group settings. Sense people try to make sense of what is happening around them, they create symbols to frame their understanding of reality within a group. Use of symbolic interaction is the basis of symbolic theory. The dramatizing message aspect of this theory, which involves imaginative language by a…

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