COMM2400 Chapter 9

COMM2400 Chapter 9 - Unit 9 Communication in Organizational...

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Unit 9 Communication in Organizational Settings All the various processes of meaning production and distortion that occur in interpersonal settings also occur in organizational settings. Organizational settings frequently also have more policies and institutional constraints, more fixed asymmetrical relations, and a dominant instrumental logic. The dominant way we think about events taking place is instrumentally. An increase in instrumental reasonings. Every organization is filled with interpersonal interaction. Our concern with interaction in organizational settings regards both their consequences for the larger society and their “internal” processes. These organizations have consequences to communication in society, and how communication operations within the context of organizations. The Growing Social Consequences of Organizations in Society The corporate colonization thesis argues that organizations have become a dominant site of decision making in society and that corporate logics and meanings have gradually eclipsed the logics and meanings coming from other institutions. The family, community, church, state—they all compete in different ways, does something for us, and stands in tensions with one another in some places. When we say corporate colonization—one emerges as powerful than the others, and it colonizes other institutions. As the state system emerged, allowed the state to gradually get bigger and bigger and colonized other parts—freedom of expression, families, ect. o If you trace it back most of the Ivys were schools associated with religion—heavily religious formed institutions—the core requirements was to become a moral human being, about the leadership of society but conceptualized in moral forms. This poses questions for the form and practice of democracy and the general reciprocity conditions in society. The centralize ownership and control of mediated and mass communication and shifting logic of access accentuates other processes taking place and makes free and open discussion of them more difficult. How life works in relation to organizations and how decisions are made has consequences for all. The Corporate Colonization Thesis Figure 8.1
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The Growing Social Consequences of Organizations in Society, con’t The colonization of the public sphere: Organizations greatly influence election politics and policy making agencies. With the growth of neo-liberalism on a global scale economic decision processes have often replaced explicitly political processes—the consumer replaces the citizen. The economic, market-based, decisions are partial in their representation and provide a core form of contemporary systematically distorted communication at a world level When 96 percent of all television is owned by a small group of companies to advantage a consumption life style. We cannot be free and open in the formation of meanings when the dominant
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