In the film, The Last Castle, I found many aspects and theories that involve organizational communication throughout the movie. The film is about a US prison where the prisoners have formally served in the military and have committed crimes while serving their time. The movie shows how the prisoners come together when a former well-respected general is sent there to overpower the man that runs the facility.
The first theory and probably the most noted theory is the Adaptive Structuration Theory of Marshall Scott Poole. Poole’s theory states, “Members in groups are creating the group as they act within it… A lot of times people in groups build up structures or arrangements that are very uncomfortable for them, but they don’t realize that they’re doing it. The point of structuration theory is to make them aware of the rules and resources that they’re using so that they can have more control over what they do in groups.”(Poole, 245) In other words, Poole is saying that we have the control as a part of the group to let one or two people take control and set the tone of the group. In the movie’s case, General Irwin doesn’t come in there and take control of the prison. He is basically appointed by the other inmates b
The final stage of the phase model is the integration, where the group focuses on tension-free solidarity rather than task and members reward each other for effort. The fourth step in the model is development, where a group concentrates on ways to implement a single solution and members are involved and excited. When the group starts to form they all want to be a part of it and when the final solution was adopted the enemies became friends like Thumper and the other prisoner did. Winters by organizing a plan to eliminate his abused power. Berger states that the increase of predictability is our primary concern when meeting new people. This step is when the prisoners come together and defeat Col. Thumper refuses to drop down and the consequence was him getting shot with the rubber bullet gun. He claims that information is the common raw material that all organizations process or that communication an organization receives is equivocal. The inmates all knew they wanted Col. This also relates to the fact that they are unsure on exactly how to overcome Col. Winters for trying to go over what he said even though it was pointed out that the punishment was illegal. One other inmate ridicules him and tells him he is doing it all wrong, but Aguilar"tms father is a mason and has taught him the correct way to brick a wall. So, they must be able to predict the behavior of Col. They let him tell them what to do because they know that he will lead them successfully.