1-15-09 - COMM 1 MODELING COMMUNICATION A good model...

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COMM 1 – 1/15/09 MODELING COMMUNICATION A good model ideally should include: o Primary components of communication. o Important Characteristics of communication. o How everything fits together. But, most models limit their focus. PRIMARY COMPONENTS OF COMMUNICATION: People (participants) o Sources and receivers. Message o Verbal/nonverbal symbols. Channel/medium (how did the message get from one person to another) Noise (anything that interferes with the message) o Literal noise, static…interferes with the ability to hear the message (dropped calls, etc) o Psychological noises, biases, skills, or lack thereof. Feedback Context/setting o Localized setting; where you are, who’s there o Contextual factor; party, formal meeting, etc. IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMUNICATION: Communication is a Symbolic activity o Verbal and non-verbal symbols are used to exchange meaning . o Meaning is not in the symbol itself, but in people’s understanding . The meaning of words is not in the word itself. Words are the conventions we use. Communication is a Systematic Process o Encoding of messages To take an idea you’ve got in your head and put that in some type of symbolic form.
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