1-3 communication as a ritual

1-3 communication as a ritual - Communication As Ritual...

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    Communication As Ritual (James Carey) COMM 3210 Human Communication Theory
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    Which is a better example of  communication? A or B? A) Teacher explaining a new assignment to a  group of students. B) The group of students having coffee together in  the UMC as they often do, griping about the class,  saying nothing they haven’t said many times  before. Why A? or why B? Could it be argued that no  communication at all  exists in A? or in B? Does your judgment depend on whether you take a  transmission  or a ritual  view of communication?  What about a system  view?
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    What Is Ritual? Let’s define  ritual  (noun) as “a  prescribed performance that is  symbolically meaningful to participants  (including witnesses).” Carey’s ritual model highlights the  ritualistic (ritual-like) aspects of  communication in general.
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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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