The Reality Of The Television Series Lost

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Imagine surviving a plane crash only to be marooned on an island with forty-seven strangers. Because of this, you are forced to work and live together in order to secure survival and potentially be rescued. Although this more than likely will not happen to any given person, it is easy to envision how crucial and challenging it would be to collaborate with so many different personalities. However, this is the exact dilemma in the television series Lost. Lost demonstrates many concepts of communication, especially throughout the nineteenth episode. Concepts such as selective perception, intercultural communication, task specific touch and nonverbal communication with posture are present as the characters interact. Prior to boarding their…show more content…
One concept of communication demonstrated in the episode is called selective perception. Selective perception is the perceptual distortion that arises from only paying attention to what we expect and ignoring what we do not expect (Verderber, 2014). When first noticing Hurley, most people would not expect his secret; he is an overweight man with long curly hair and a scruffy beard. During his flashback, it is discovered that prior to boarding the plane he was a fast food worker that lived with his mother. When conversing with Charlie, who is an ex-band member and recovering heroin addict, Hurley reveals that he won the lottery and is actually worth millions of dollars; Charlie does not believe him and storms off. Charlie did not buy the announcement Hurley gave him for the reason that Charlie had already created a perception of Hurley. Charlie expected Hurley to be a low life because of his scruffy appearance and simple minded mannerisms. Yet, what he ignored was that this shabby man was actually drowning in wealth. Furthermore, when people are not like you would expect them to be, not only can perception barriers be created but also communication barriers. One type of communication barrier can occur during intercultural conversations. Intercultural communication is characterized as interactions that occur between people whose cultures are so different that the communication is altered (Verderber, 2014). With Jin being the only non-English speaker on the island,
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