Theory Response #4
March 25, 2016
To Say or Not to Say?
Elisabeth Noelle – Neumann proposed a theory called the Spiral of Silence Theory. This theory shows that we, as people, have a fear of being out alone or in isolation among our peers. But in order to feel isolated we must have a different opinion then those around us. So if those around us have different opinions than we do, than we may feel isolated and agree with what is being said. As a result we may stay completely silent and not give our opinion or, as stated above, we will agree with the opinions others are stating. For example, you and your friends may have seen something about how too ...view middle of the document...
Thinking that because he said it means it must be right and we should follow in order to not stand out. Lets just say I did not think it was a dumb experiment anymore. Another example brings in the fact that my parents choosing what to eat for dinner. Now one assumption in the Spiral of Silence theory is that the “publics behavior is influenced by evaluations of public opinion.” In simpler terms it means someone stays silent or speaks out. I’m sure every family does the “what do you want for dinner” game, and everyone states what they want. But when I was younger I knew that I had no choice because my opinion was not the dominant one. My mom always wanted Mexican food first (being in the Mid-West everyone eats Mexican food) and my dad always wanted burgers. Of course they would agree to Mexican food because my mom is the boss but since I knew my opinion did not matter I chose to stay silent and if I was asked then id choose the best option my parents already stated. Most of the time I stayed silent. I guess parents always win right? Wrong, now since I’m older my mom has lost all her power. My dad and me are the ones who say our opinions and my mom stays silent until she is asked. Even though she always says, “whatever you want.” This idea in the Spiral of Silence Theory seems to happen a lot among my friends and I know it will not change as the years go on.
Within the article about people’s ability to voice their opinions about Barack Obama’s ethnicity I found that the theory made more sense. For instance, the theory is described as if someone stays quiet or speaks out based...