CMST 2010 - LECTURE 1 Intro What is communication o...

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LECTURE 1 Intro What is communication? o Relaying or expressing messages or information to other people through speech, action, or symbols Can be any number of people Intrapersonal - talking to oneself Interpersonal - dyad (between two people); 2 or more people involved Symbols - language, alphabet, facial expression, any kind of nonverbal communication Emotions mainly influence our speech and actions o Transferal of ideas from one person to another through pretty much any means o Share a meaning or message, establish a common ground Ex. "ASAP" means different things to different people. o We don’t just look at the words when we communicate. We relate them to past experiences. Human Communication How is it uniquely human? Characteristics o What is the difference between a dog whimpering and a baby crying? What about chimps using sign language? o It is a creative endeavor and a learned experience Humans have the capacity to create unique symbols and give them unique meanings o Collective Activity o Regularity It helps us control our environment and relationships It can cause a tremendous change (yell "fire") Models of Communication Laswell Model o Asks: "Who says what to whom through what channel and to what effect?" Linear Communication Model - Shannon Weaver o The differnce between this and Laswell's is that this includes interference (noise) that gets in the way of communicating effectively (producing or receiving) Physical noise - cell phone ring in class Physiological noise - internal signal (tired or hungry) Psychological noise - emotion or state of being (anger) Semantic noise - deals with words that we do not understand (different language, acronym, ambiguity) Hearing and not understanding can piss you off. This is in conjunction with psychological noise. Computers lead of lots of damages in relationships because of miscommunication Interactive Communication Model o Suggests that communication does not start or stop, but is a continuous process that tends to change o Includes field of experience Transactional Model of Communication o We are not labeled as senders or receivers, but as communicators LECTURE 2
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Theory Burber said that we communicate on 3 levels: I - It (impersonal) Treat people as objects, but not necessarily negatively I - You (interpersonal) Begin to disclose personal information/status; relationship building I - Thou (interpersonal) Requires work and openness Ex: mom, girlfriend, best friends Long term, serious relationships Require a lot of communication to obtain and maintain Interpersonal Communication Just know the significance of the main points; don’t memorize. a. Selective i. We can choose with whom we build relationships and the depth of those relationships.
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