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COM 100 Book Notes  08/09/2010 00:18:00 Chapter One:  Importance of Studying Communication Focuses exclusively on the exchange of messages to create meaning What, when, where, and why humans interact Aristotle, Isocrates, & Plate studied/wrote about human communication Good communication can help you attain your goals, establish relationships,  & develop your identity Communication is functional, allows you to accomplish daily tasks of living What is Human Communication? Human communication: a process in which people generate meaning through  the exchange of verbal/nonverbal messages o Primarily symbolic o Symbolic communication is uniquely human Messages: building blocks of communication events Symbol: something that represents something else and conveys meaning Iconic signs: represent the thing itself Indexical signs: reveal something beyond the thing itself Content meaning o Connotative meaning: describes the meanings suggested by or  associated with message and emotions triggered by it o Denotative meaning: concrete meaning of the message such as the  definitions you’d find in a dictionary Relationship meaning: describes what the message conveys about the  relationship between the parties GOAL: to create meaning
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Components of Human Communication Setting: physical surroundings of a communication event o Includes location where communication occurs o Environmental conditions (temp, noise, lighting) o Time o Proximity of communicators Participants: 2 or more people o Characteristics o Relationships/histories o Moods/emotions Message creation: use of symbols/signs o Encoding: taking ideas and converting them into messages o Decoding: receiving a message and interrupting its meaning Channel: the means through which a message is transmitted o Face-to-face (verbal/nonverbal) o Mediated (technology) Radio, tv, newsprint, internet
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