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A CULTURAL APPROACH TO COMMUNICATION - John Dewey’s book Experience and Nature - “Of all things communication is the most wonderful” o Carey argues it is a false statement o Argues that most of the entertainment we receive through the mass media isn’t that exciting – i.e. reading the New York Times on a daily basis o Sentence is false to everyday experience since on only certain occasions is communication satisfying and reward - “Society exists not only by transmission, by communication, but it may fairly be said to exist in transmission, in communication” o Argues against quote Dewey’s use of communication in two senses - Communication in two contrasting definitions in the history of Western thought - Uses the conflict between the two as a source of creative tension in his work TWO ALTERNATIVE CONCEPTIONS OF COMMUNICATION IN AMERICAN CULTURE - Both derive from religious origins - Refer to somewhat different regions of religious experience Transmission view of communication - Archetypal case of communication: o The extension of messages across geography for the purpose of control - Most common view in our culture and industrial cultures - Defined by terms such as: o Imparting o Sending o Transmitting o Giving information to others - Formed from: o A metaphor of geography o Transportation - During the 19 th century, movement of goods/people and the movement of
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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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