Intro to Comm: - Course Objectives: - Learn about important comm processes in various contexts (what goes on in comm in various courses) - Study how humans actually communicate w/ each other - Not “how to” but “what matters” - According to social science research 9/27 Communication is: - People (sources/receivers) - Exchanging meaningful symbols - Can’t exchange meaning w/o messages - We hope that meaning is shared - With feedback (when you send messages you also get messages telling you how it’s going) - Through various channels (verbally, social media, texting, radio or tv, books or novels) - Can be disrupted by “noise” (lose signal, typos, buffering) - In various contexts (cultural context, relational context, situational things, boss/employee) - (interpersonal dyads, groups, media, etc.) Communication is also… - A systematic, cognitive process (systematic = not just random, doesn’t occur without norms) - Encoding and decoding of the messages being transmitted - That has transactional qualities - Exchange, interdependence (rely on each other), irreversibility (always moving forward, can’t rewind) (See models in RC Ch. 1) ...and note: There is NO “s” in “communication”! A “communications” specialist = more infrastructure side (phone lines, band width, etc.) A specialist in “communication” = how ppl send messages and how productivity works or how media might influence attitudes and behavior Communication Contexts Major areas of study in the comm field - Researchers focus on different aspects of communication Intrapersonal: - Communication within a person (w/ yourself)
- What is related to what (is social media use related to happiness...etc.) Ex: Compared to many Middle Eastern cultures, Americans stand far apart when conversing Culture is related to nonverbal distance - What causes what Ex:
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