New User Special Price Expires in

Let's log you in.

Sign in with Facebook


Don't have a StudySoup account? Create one here!


Create a StudySoup account

Be part of our community, it's free to join!

Sign up with Facebook


Create your account
By creating an account you agree to StudySoup's terms and conditions and privacy policy

Already have a StudySoup account? Login here

COMM1101 Week 1 Notes

by: Hyejin Kwon

COMM1101 Week 1 Notes COMM1101

Marketplace > Cornell University > Communication > COMM1101 > COMM1101 Week 1 Notes
Hyejin Kwon

Preview These Notes for FREE

Get a free preview of these Notes, just enter your email below.

Unlock Preview
Unlock Preview

Preview these materials now for free

Why put in your email? Get access to more of this material and other relevant free materials for your school

View Preview

About this Document

These notes are what we covered in the first week of COMM1101 They include: - Basic ideas about Communication - Timeline of how the definition of Communication has evolved - Different types of...
Cases in Communication
Poppy Mcleod
Class Notes
25 ?




Popular in Cases in Communication

Popular in Communication

This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Hyejin Kwon on Thursday September 8, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to COMM1101 at Cornell University taught by Poppy Mcleod in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 5 views. For similar materials see Cases in Communication in Communication at Cornell University.

Similar to COMM1101 at Cornell


Reviews for COMM1101 Week 1 Notes


Report this Material


What is Karma?


Karma is the currency of StudySoup.

You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!

Date Created: 09/08/16
Lecture 1 What is Communication? Symbolism: e.g. Diamond= carbons, but we place more value onto them They are disengaged from their actuality Such symbols are largely given- taken for granted (e.g. giving diamond vs. giving coal) Given with the same ending view We create culture through this- to give us these meanings and we share these symbols (by communication) Is Communication the most fundamental of human sciences? - The complexity of our communication, and the extent to which we depend on it for survival - Unique We are fundamentally social creatures - We require social contact  child development, health, etc. - We co-ordinate our behaviors  not true of all animal species, need to do this not only to survive but to accomplish things that are important to us - We depend on socialization and education  teach each other what the roles are in our societies, groups, culture, etc. Formal & informal ways- expectations, lessons, etc. We are fundamentally cultural creatures - There is specific meaning for something – animals - Humans- we produce and use symbols (what is the point of art? What is the point of poetry?) - Some argue we need to create symbols + meanings + culture b/c it is part of our survival  makes us unique b/c we need this to thrive - Using fundamental symbol- we can change and redefine them to make it our own (e.g. “Ithaca is gorges”  can change to diff. statements) - We fill the world with information to help us navigate it - We attempt not only to apprehend the world around us, but also to understand it  how does one that has never seen that symbol go about understanding it? The word “Communication” = been around a long time, but meanings have shifted over time What’s in a name? E.g. Communication vs. CommunicationS Communication: the academic discipline focused on the study of communication processes and media Communications: professional practices such as developing campaigns, and to infrastructure and equipment used to deliver info (phone towers, fiber options, etc.) Lecture 2 Why Communication? What is Communication? - Word “Communication”= been around for long time, but meaning have shifted over time th 14 Century  Canterbury Tales – Start of Italian Renaissance - Physically moving to go to the pilgrimage - Imparting “things material”= the physical movement shows what they are communicating, moving a physical thing somewhere else th 15 Century - Communication starts taking notion of dialogue and interaction - How do people interact with each other, argue with each other, inform - Key things that happened: Gutenberg’s printing press (Germany- not the first in the world but first to make practical + commercially viable) - See widespread of news - European discovery of new world - Renaissance - You yourself moving with your thing th 16 Century - Communication of transportation- the very action of the movement not only getting from one place to another - Colonization of new world - Beginning of camera – prints communicate some ideas, images, capture moment in time - The images = high fidelity= couldn’t change it (Photoshop) 17 Century - Communion - Communication= means by which our community is bound - First newspaper as a way to bind the community together - Regional identity (Chicago tribune, NY times, etc.) - While they have national reputation, they are tied + identified w/ their community (local newspapers) th 18 Century - Communication= interpersonal intercourse - Having convo, responding - Start of industrial revolution - Start to see the rise of technology - Contains more of the symbolic, less of the physicality of communication - We can begin to send signals = allows intercourse + more symbolic th 19 Century: Symbolic communication - This becomes more clear - Telephones, Light bulbs - Not only rise of tech but also science - Send message through electric impulses - These electric impulses start to MEAN words, messages - Now you trust these electrical beats - Checking a box= yes  starts to symbolize + communicate some ideas th 20 century - Information transmission - Have words like: quantum physics, nuclear war = all 20 century th terms - Words tied to rise in tech and science - See evolution in ways we communicate, what we think about comm + what we are communicating about (e.g. communicating about science) 21 Century - Social media - Terrorism - Communication industries - Nano - Transmissions- moving channels - Before channels meant tunnels- now diff. medium of communication (pixels, social media, etc.) Why study theory? - Nothing is obvious - How do we systematically understand how people and things operate - Can help us understand physical world and then apply to social world Germany + Austria Organ Donor Experiment - The diff. is tied to how the default is set on the consent form  opt- in or opt-out - In countries with high consent rates, people have to “opt-out” whereas in countries w/ low consent rates people have to “Opt-in” (Takes more effort to say yes to donate organ – Germany) - The default is different - Instructions seem simple but it’s more complex States of Inquiry 1. Asking Qs - How can we increase rates of organ donations? - Why do people choose to donate organs? - Does the format of the request affect donation rates? - Observe that there are diff. rates in organ donation 2. Observation - Observe what can explain that pattern of observation 3. Constructing answers (This becomes foundation for a theory) - Realize that defaults are diff. across countries and that it has an impact on people’s effort - How do we get people to change behavior, contribute to social cause, etc.


Buy Material

Are you sure you want to buy this material for

25 Karma

Buy Material

BOOM! Enjoy Your Free Notes!

We've added these Notes to your profile, click here to view them now.


You're already Subscribed!

Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'

Why people love StudySoup

Bentley McCaw University of Florida

"I was shooting for a perfect 4.0 GPA this semester. Having StudySoup as a study aid was critical to helping me achieve my goal...and I nailed it!"

Kyle Maynard Purdue

"When you're taking detailed notes and trying to help everyone else out in the class, it really helps you learn and understand the I made $280 on my first study guide!"

Bentley McCaw University of Florida

"I was shooting for a perfect 4.0 GPA this semester. Having StudySoup as a study aid was critical to helping me achieve my goal...and I nailed it!"

Parker Thompson 500 Startups

"It's a great way for students to improve their educational experience and it seemed like a product that everybody wants, so all the people participating are winning."

Become an Elite Notetaker and start selling your notes online!

Refund Policy


All subscriptions to StudySoup are paid in full at the time of subscribing. To change your credit card information or to cancel your subscription, go to "Edit Settings". All credit card information will be available there. If you should decide to cancel your subscription, it will continue to be valid until the next payment period, as all payments for the current period were made in advance. For special circumstances, please email


StudySoup has more than 1 million course-specific study resources to help students study smarter. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, our customer support team can help you find what you need! Feel free to contact them here:

Recurring Subscriptions: If you have canceled your recurring subscription on the day of renewal and have not downloaded any documents, you may request a refund by submitting an email to

Satisfaction Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with your subscription, you can contact us for further help. Contact must be made within 3 business days of your subscription purchase and your refund request will be subject for review.

Please Note: Refunds can never be provided more than 30 days after the initial purchase date regardless of your activity on the site.