1-2 linear or system models of communication

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Linear and System Models of Communication (Deetz) COMM 3210 Human Communication Theory
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The Linear Model of Communication
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The Linear Model Is the Most Common Way of Thinking & Talking About Communication Deetz writes: “Historically, linear models have been most common, especially when the motive is control.” (p. 1) Click here for a quote by Robyn Penman (Australian communication theorist and consultant)
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The Alternative: Systems Models More complex and contrary to everyday thinking. “A systems perspective assumes that meaning arises between people as they communicate rather than being a knowable fixed property prior to interaction.” (Deetz) This is also called a constitutive model of communication : Meaning is constituted in the communication process. In contrast, the linear model (aka the “information” or
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Unformatted text preview: transmission model) assumes that already-existing meaning is transmitted from person to person. Assumptions of a Systems Model 1. The meaning of all elements is systemic. 2. Communication systems are open to change over time. 3. Interactants meanings are usually unclear and multiple. 4. Interaction has no clear starting and stopping points; conversations and relationships are never really over. 5. Reproducing meanings is only one of many communication motives. 6. Meaning is multi-leveled (every message has both a communicative and a meta-communicativeor framingfunction). 7. A communication system may allow open participation or may be systematically distorted so that powerful people or groups are favored....
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2009 for the course COMM 3210 taught by Professor Craig during the Fall '08 term at Colorado.

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