TELEPRESENCE IN POPULAR CULTURE

A study of portrayals of presence

The Wizard of Oz

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ABOUT THE WORK

MEDIUM:

Film 

YEAR:

1939 

WRITER(S):

L. Frank Baum (novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz") Noel Langley (screenplay) and Florence Ryerson (screenplay) and Edgar Allan Woolf (screenplay) Irving Brecher uncredited William H. Cannon uncredited Herbert Fields uncredited Arthur Freed uncredited Jack Haley additional dialogue (uncredited) E.Y. Harburg uncredited Samuel Hoffenstein uncredited Bert Lahr additional dialogue (uncredited) Noel Langley adaptation John Lee Mahin uncredited Herman J. Mankiewicz uncredited Jack Mintz uncredited Sid Silvers uncredited  

OWN COPY?

No 
 

ABOUT THE STORY

SUMMARY:

from imdb.com When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog Toto, to run away. A cyclone appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz. Wishing to return, she begins to travel to the Emerald City where a great wizard lives. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They all hope the Wizard of Oz will help them, before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them. Written by John Vogel {jlvogel@comcast.net} 

ERA/YEAR:

Present day when produced 

CHARACTERISTICS
OF WORLD:

present day 1939. 
 
ABOUT THE PRESENCE-EVOKING TECHNOLOGY
NAME:
Tin Woodman 
DESCRIPTION:
The tin man is made out of tin, which rusts easily. He is mobile, can speak, and people interact with him as if he is human. He acts helpful and is very emotional, ranging from very happy to very sad. However, he lacks a real heart and greatly desires one. 
NATURE OF TASK OR ACTIVITY:
They are trying to find the Wizard of Oz. People and creatures interact with Tinman along the way. 
PERFORMANCE OF THE TECHNOLOGY:
functions well, unless rusty - then needs to be oiled. 
 
ABOUT THE CREATORS OF THE TECHNOLOGY
DESCRIPTION:
unknown, although cursed by a witch.  
MAJOR GOAL(S):
unknown. 
 
ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE PRESENCE
DESCRIPTION:
dorothy is a teenage, white girl - others include a scarecrow and lion, and various munchkins and witches. 
 
ABOUT THE PRESENCE EXPERIENCE
TYPE(S) OF PRESENCE:
Social presence 
DESCRIPTION:
it is nice. Dorothy enjoys conversing, dancing and singing with Tin Man. 
USER AWARENESS:
yes. 
VALENCE:
generally enjoyable, although frightening at times. 
SPECIFIC RESPONSES:
sometimes Dorothy feels ill or weak - generally more intense parasocial relationships, enjoyment,improved task performance and skill training, and improved mental acuity. 
 
ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF PRESENCE
LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES:
Dorothy makes it home, and everyone gets what they want, realizing they had them the whole time. 
 
AND FINALLY...
OTHER INFORMATION:
 
CODER NAME:
Amanda Scheiner 
CODER E-MAIL:
amandags@temple.edu 
CODER AFFILIATION:
Temple University 
DATE CODED:
4/1/2007 

 


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