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Cipher In The Snow Interpersonal Communication Essay

Interpersonal Communication in Social Network Essay

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The movie “Social Network” is about the ideas and the development behind the creation of the very popular social networking site “Facebook”. Mark Zuckerberg is the main character in the movie and also the actual creator of Facebook.
There are multiple instances, where various components of interpersonal communication are used throughout this movie. For instance, in the very beginning of the movie Zuckerberg is speaking to his girlfriend Erika, about school, which appears to be a relationship of both circumstance and choice, but uses a bit of sarcasm and conversational narcissism when speaking with her. His girlfriend in return uses the direct termination strategy, justification, by telling Zuckerberg, “we are not dating anymore, I am…show more content…

She suggests that female-male communication is cross-cultural communication, with all of the challenges of communicating with people who are different from us (p. 88). Hence, the same information can affect each gender in a different way. “Men often communicate to report; women often communicate to establish rapport. So the point of difference isn’t in the way the sexes actually communicate but in their motivations or reasons for communicating” (p. 88). The guys that received the two pictures of the girls were excited and all voted on who they considered “hotter.” The girls on the other hand couldn’t believe that it was being sent around and were offended. Females tend to take things more literally and are likely to be more emotional than men, which should be taken in to consideration, when any interpersonal communication is taking place. During Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook he came up with the idea of “relationship status”, stating that “this is what drives life in college. Are you having sex or aren’t you? It is why people take certain classes, and sit where they sit, and do what they do…” He is implying that sex runs the lives of students and young adults, which can become a variable in communication.
There are many variables in interpersonal communication; sex and gender, race and ethnicity, age and social class, just to name a few. The variables in which were most present in

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Cipher in the Snow is a short story written by Jean Mizer about the death of an ostracized teenager. It was later made into a short film by Brigham Young University in 1973.


Cipher in the Snow, written by Jean Mizer, an Idaho teacher, counselor and guidance director, was first published in the NEA Journal, 50:8-10, 1964. It won first prize in the first Reader's Digest/NEA Journal writing competition.[1][2]

It has since been frequently reprinted and the story and film used in moral education; for instance, as part of anti-bullying initiatives.[3]

Brigham Young University made a movie of it in 1973. The film was produced by Wetzel Whitaker and Keith Atkinson, with a screenplay by Carol Lynn Pearson. A DVD of the movie is available through BYU's Creative Works Office.


The story is about an ostracized teenager, Cliff Evans, who following his parents' divorce has no friends and becomes a completely withdrawn "cipher". Then on a school bus, he asks to be let off, and collapses and dies in the snow near the roadside. His school's math teacher is asked to notify his parents and write the obituary. Though listed as Cliff's favorite teacher, he recalls that he hardly knew him. After getting a delegation to go to the funeral - it's impossible to find ten people who knew him well enough to go - the teacher resolves never to let this happen to another child in his charge. It is implied that his death was because no one loved him.


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