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Week One Book & In Class Notes

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Week One Book & In Class Notes Comm 101

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Communications in the 21st Century
Dr. Aaron Duncan
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Date Created: 08/29/16
Communication in the 21 Century COMM 101 Week One in Class & Book Notes Pages 1-26 Reading Assignment for 8/24 Chapter One: Introduction to Human Communication  Communication allows you to improve your life in many ways  The Study of Communication is Essential o Studying communication can improve the way you see yourself o Can improve the way others see you o Can increase what you know about human relationships o Studying communication can teach you important life skills o Can help you exercise your constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech o Can help you succeed professionally o Can help you navigate an increasingly diverse world  Communication: The Process of Using Messages to Generate meaning o Communication is a process because it is an activity, an exchange, or a set of behaviors that occurs over time o Messages include verbal & nonverbal symbols, signs, and behaviors o Meaning is the understanding of the message  Components of Communication o People  Source: a message initiator  Receiver: a message target  People are the sources & the receivers of messages simultaneously & continually o The Message  The verbal/nonverbal form of the idea, thought, or feeling that one person (the source) wishes to communication to another person/group of people (the receivers)  includes the symbols (words & phrases) you use to communicate your ideas, facial expressions, etc. o The Channel  The means by which a message moves from the source to the receiver of the message  In person-to-person communication you send your messages through a channel of sound waves & light waves o Feedback  The receiver’s verbal & nonverbal response to the source’s message o Code  A systematic arrangement of symbols used to create meaning sin the mind of another person or persons  Verbal codes: symbols & their grammatical arrangement, such as languages  Nonverbal codes: all symbols that are not words, including bodily movements, the use of space and time, clothing and adornments, and sound others than words o Encoding & Decoding  Encoding: the process of translating an idea or a thought into a code  Decoding: the process of assigning meaning to the idea or thought in a code o Noise  Any interference in the encoding & decoding process that reduces message clarity  Communication Principles o Communication Begins with the Self o Communication Involves Others  Dialogue: the act of taking part in a conversation, discussion, or negotiation  Communication  Has both a content & a relational dimension  Is complicated  Quantity does not increase communication quality  Is inevitable  Cannot be reversed  Cannot be repeated  What are communication contexts? o Context: a set of circumstances or a situation o Intrapersonal Communication  The process of using messages to generate meaning within the self o Interpersonal Communication  The process of using messages to generate meaning between at least two people in a situation that allows mutual opportunities for both speaking & listening  Dyadic communication: two-person communication  Small-group communication: the process of using messages to generate meaning in a small group of people o Public Communication  The process of using messages to generate meaning; in a situation in which a single source transmits a message to a number of receivers  Media convergence: the way that broadcasting, publishing, and digital communication are congregating o Computer-Mediated Communication  Technological convergence: the way that technological systems are changing to perform similar tasks  What are the goals of communication study? o Understanding communication competence  Communication competence: the ability to effectively exchange meaning through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior o Understanding ethical communication  Ethics: a set of moral principles or values  Ethical communication is critical for the development of relationships & communities 8/24 In Class Notes  Why Study Communication? o Studying communication can improve the way you see yourself  Our knowledge and perceptions of self are based on communication  Communication helps us to develop self-awareness, self- concept, and self-efficacy o It can improve the way others see you  Concepts such as self-presentation, identity management, and lows of control influence how others perceive us o Can increase what you know about human relationships o Can teach you important life skills  Critical thinking, problem solving, etc. o Can help you exercise your constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech  Communication helps you participate in a democratic society o Can help you succeed professionally  Employers rank communication as #1 o Can help you navigate in an increasingly diverse world  Defining Communication o The process of using messages to generate meaning  Considered a process, not a product: an activity, an exchange, or set of behaviors o SMRC – not accurate, missing information  Noise, decoding, coding, feedback, context, relationship environment o Understanding emerges from shared experience o Meaning occurs when we understand messages  Components of Communication o Sender: person who initiates a message o Receiver: the person who receives the messages o Message: the verbal and/or non-verbal form of the idea, thought, or feeling that one person wishes to communicate to another o Channel o Feedback  Communication o Begins w/ self o Involves others o A content & relational dimension o Quantity does not increase quality o Is inevitable o Not be revised once it is sent o Spoken communication cannot be repeated b/c context cannot be recreated  Communication competence: the ability of a person to effectively communicate or exchange meanings w/ other people


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