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Communication Theory

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Communication Theory COMM 200

Ottis Vandervort
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Anne Nicotera

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Date Created: 09/28/15
Comm 200 Spring 2009 Nicotera Chapter 1 De ning communication as a set of phenomena 39 HEY DID I 6A I AN ITHIN ABOer TAKlNa Requests Objectives Defining Communication I Why is it important to de ne communication I Issues involved in de ning communication I Define communication Why is it important to de ne communication l Diversity of perspectives l Complexity of phenomena l Purpose of de ning How do we go about de ning l De nitions should be judged in terms of Utility not in terms of Correctness l De nitions of communication have varied substantially over the years I Over time points of convergence agreement consensus and divergence debate questions have emerged in the discipline Convergence Point 1 Communication is a Process l Communication is continuous complex and cannot be arbitrarily isolated l Early ideas about communication express it as a linear process eg Source MessageChannelReceiver l Current conceptualizations largely reject this linear model Convergence Point 2 Communication is Transactional l RE ECTED Communication as action Source injects communication into receiver l REJECTED Communication as interaction Feedback is included communication is a back and forth process I ACCEPTED Communication as transaction consideration of simultaneous in uence and of importance of context Convergence Point 3 Communication is Symbolic l Roots of this conceptualization are in semiotics Distinctions among si signi er an signi ed sign the relationship between signi er and signified l Symbols stand for referents through notion of reference reference symbol 7777777 W referent l Shared symbolic meaning is developed through shared culture and relationships denotative as well as connotative meaning Important DebatesQuestions in De ning Communication 1 Intentionaligz Does behavior only count as communication if the individual intends it to Positions in the intentionality debate sourcebased approach Only intentional acts are commumcatrve reca39verbased approach A person cannot not communicate Palo Alto Group 1 behavior is messgebased approach communication but all interactive behavior is communication Helpful Distinctions for Intentionality ITypes of message I verbal behavior intentional l symptomatic behavior not intentional eg natural yawning l analogic behavior intentional eg pretending to yawn Important DebatesQuestions in De ning Communication cont P Effectiveness Does the behavior count as c munication only if the individual has achieved hisher goal assumes intentionality Why is this important I Scholars in the mid1960s who answered yes to this question created a concentration on message characteristics descriptive which helped them differentiate the field of communication from the field ofpsychology which at the time was of huge political importance in the academy Important DebatesQuestions in De ning Communication cont 5quot Correspondence Does the behavior count as communication only if the interactants have shared meaning mama was mm in W Maxwmm


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