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The Karate Kid Small group communication is a concept that is quite familiar to us but can also be confusing at the same time In some way or another and at some point in our lives we have belonged to some type of group whether it was a peer group a club a sports team and so on We understand that each group we associate ourselves with is a unique experience one group experience is never exactly like the other By stating these things it is a safe to assume that we have all developed certain habits and attitudes about group work In the next few paragraphs I plan to demonstrate how the film The Karate Kid illustrates some aspects of small group communication and hopefully clear up some of the confusion we might have about the topic A group is defined by five characteristics size interdependence structure identity and goal The first characteristic that I would like to discuss is size A group consists of at least three people who work together to achieve a common goal In The Karate Kid we see two different groups with conflict between the two The two groups are the Cobra Kais and Daniel Ali Mr Miyagi The Cobra Kais group consists of about 5 members who are out to make Daniels life along with all the other peoples lives a living hell Daniel Ali and Mr Miyagi are the other group where the goal is to get Daniel to win the karate tournament Interdependence means that both group and individual outcomes are influenced by what other individuals do in the group Keyton 8 As we see with the Cobra Kais their leader is Johnny He basically has the most influence as to what goes on in the group and the decisions they make For example when they are on the beach in the beginning of the film Johnny decides to start a fight with Daniel and
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