Comm Report - say what you mean

Comm Report - say what you mean - using sarcasm in order to...

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Clarity is incredibly important when communicating. The point of communication, after all, is to exchange and express ideas in a matter of which what is meant is stated clearly. Yet, we ourselves sabotage our own meaning by not simply stating what we mean. Instead, we use tools, symbols and mechanisms to conceal our meaning for one reason or another. Sarcasm is something known to human beings globally. It is, nonetheless, the youth of America who have seem to cling to it most. It is present in all fields of media, and generally easy to pick up one. There are many ways of being sarcastic: lies, irony, mocking, and insults are just a few. I, personally, use sarcasm quite often but was never aware of all its repercussions. The word ‘guilative’: meaning “the meta-message is not produced by the speaker but rather left to be supplied by the addressee,” (Lehrer 2001) describes what occurs when sarcasm is used. The speaker—who is thinking ‘I don’t mean this’—is
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Unformatted text preview: using sarcasm in order to sound sincere so as not to hurt the other person, and hide the real message. According to Lehrer, this is a passive aggressive act. There are many different ways for expressing sarcasm, or being “ sarcastive” (Lehrer 2001). Nonverbal communication, intonation, syntactic and other lexical devices, and clichés are just a few Lehrer lists. Being “sarcastive, unlike subjective, is iconic because it represents affect closely.”(Lehrer 2001) Sarcasm is the effect of self-divergence. When the speaker and the message divide, conflict and tensions grow between one’s inner-self and public roles. This will confuse the message you wish to convey due to the presence of an underlying and contradictory message you may be unaware of. I have realized that sarcasm, although humorous at times, is a self destructive habit. If there is even a minimal interference, the message becomes altered. Sarcasm is, figuratively speaking, Communication suicide....
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2008 for the course ECE 3 taught by Professor Sneed during the Spring '08 term at DePaul.

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