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Intro to Communication, Week 1 notes

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Intro to Communication, Week 1 notes CO 1013

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These notes cover chapter 1 and chapter 4.
Into to Communication
Emily Cain
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Date Created: 02/05/16
Intro to Communication Chapter 1 Communication addresses several needs:  Instrumental (everyday) needs  Spiritual needs  Identity needs  Relational needs  Physical needs Types of Models  Action Model Sender: encode  Message through a channel Receiver: decode (noise) o Two people involved o Two types of noise  Physical  Actual sound  Psychological  Daydreaming, worried, hungry, mind  Interaction Model Sender: encode Message through a channel  Receiver: decode Context (noise)  Feedback  (noise) o Adds context (setting or previous interaction)  Transaction Model Sender/Receiver: encode Message through a channel  Receiver/Sender: decode (noise)  Feedback  (noise) Context o Adds conversation in both directions simultaneously Characteristics of Communication  It utilizes multiple channels (the more you use the more effective communication is)  It uses perceptual filters  We give meaning to it  It can have literal meaning and relational implications  It can be intentional or unintentional  It’s governed by rules (literal or just expected) Types of Communication  Intrapersonal o Talking to yourself within your mind  Interpersonal o With another person (relational)  Small group o Together for common purpose  Public o Speeches o Planned o Not a lot of interaction with audience  Mass o Large audience o No connection or interaction with audience o Mass media 5 Myths about Communication  Everyone is an expert  It will solve any problem  It can break down  It is inherently good  More is always better Chapter 4 Language  Symbolic o A word represents an idea/object o It’s not the idea/object itself  Arbitrary o No real, meaningful connection  Governed by rules o Interpretations and implications o Meaning of individual words o Order of words in phrases o Pronunciation  Layers of meaning o Denotative (definition/literal) vs. Connotative (association/feeling) o Semantic triangle o Loaded language  Varies in clarity o Words can have several meanings o Concrete language is more clear than abstract language  Bound by context and culture o “Our” language is different from others Language has power  Expresses who we are o Names o Credibility  Connects us to others o Affection/Comfort o Socializing/gossiping  Separates us from others o Criticisms o Threats  Motivates action o Marketing’s greatest tool: slogans Ways we use and abuse  Humor  Euphemisms  Slang (jargon)  Defamation (libel and slander)  Profanity  Hate speech


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