Saturday, January 5, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2256: Steubenville, Ohio High School Alleged Rape - Body Language of Sincere Contempt on the Small Screen

In this video piece from two days ago, Erin Burnett and Susan Candiotti report on the alleged rape of a 16 year-old girl by high school students in Steubenville, Ohio. At the 1:12 mark on the video, Burnett displays a classic, yet relatively mild, nonverbal expression of contempt. It is important to note here that it is her expression is what is mild here - not her underlying emotion of contempt - it is quite significant. This contempt is characterized by an asymmetrical tightening of the mid-face. There is subtle nostril dilation along with an elevation of the cheek, upper lip, and the area between the nose and lip - all on Ms. Burnett's left side. She also tilts her chin down and partially closes her left eyelid. News professionals are supposed to detach themselves from the stories they report on - yet if they do this too much, they are aloof and cold. To strike the "happy medium" day-in and day-out is difficult task - and thus it often comes off like poor acting - which it indeed is. Not here though - Erin Burnett has true contempt for the accused individuals (and hopefully everyone who watches this/is aware of the details of this incident) for whom she hears/watches in the highlighted video.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1910: Natasha Smith Sexually Assaulted in Tahrir Square -  Post Assault Interview

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1868: John McCain's plea before the Senate for Direct American Involvement to Stop  Syrian Government Killing its own People

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1840: Brian Banks and The Innocence Project - Auditory Recall, Contempt, Self-doubt and Syntax 

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 385:  Lack of Eye Contact in the Context of Guilt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2167: Colin Powell Endorses President Obama - His Body Language Display of Anxiety, Contempt & the Self-Righteous Head Wiggle

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2058: DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's "False Contempt" The Importance of "Norming"

Nonverbal Communication Intelligence Analysis # 2111: Mitt Romney on Libya Embassy Killings -  Multiple Displays of Contempt

Below is the full leaked (and nauseating) video:

Below is the warning video that the hacktivist group "Anonymous" has posted: