We have just examined mass communication in general and considered some of the more important models of the communication process. In this chapter, which focuses on the way texts can be interpreted, I deal with Akira Kurosawa's classic film Rashomon. I have chosen it because it is a masterpiece, but also because it serves as a metaphor for this book. In the film, as I will explain shortly, everyone who was involved with what happened in a grove offers a different description of what happened. What we have is what I call the “Rashomon phenomenon,” which poses the question, Can we know reality and find the truth about it? To show how complicated texts are and how open ...
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