Connection Paper2 - Mundinger 1 Katie Mundinger COM 101 06...

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Katie Mundinger Mundinger 1 COM 101 – 06 Language, Education, and Class The question isn’t, “Why do we communicate?” The question is, “How do we communicate?” We communicate in person, through television, radio, and the Internet, so why are there so many miscommunications between friends, family, and the world? Education is one of the most effective ways of learning how to communicate with others. We learn techniques in school and create social networks outside of class, however the education one receives varies widely. Factors such as status, location, and level of education contribute to language, social, and personal barriers. The procedures of communication learned in school also differ, depending on where we live. The knowledge and manner in which one communicates varies due to the many variations in what we learn, where we learn, and how much education one receives. For example, not everyone knows how to analyze a written message or is able pick up on social cues that go along with speech. While the knowledge of punctuation, grammar, correct use of language, and the differences between prose and poetry may differ between social classes, they are all essential for communicating because the way something is said or written can dramatically change its meaning. Our education system has to be held more responsible for teaching youth in all social classes understand the differences between writing and speech and how to use them accordingly. In A Bunch of Marks the author, Richard Mitchell, states that the point of discursive prose is to convey logic, order, and coherence, and that writing is simply used to copy things down for memory. The purpose of speech is completely opposite; it has emotion and is easily interpreted by people because of body language and other social cues. Writing cannot convey these emotions even with the use of punctuation and other
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Mundinger 2 helpers such as underline, bold, and italics. Mitchell says that writing is a technology and speech is an art. Communication often gets muddled between speech and writing because the two differ so much that their meanings can be completely opposite. Mitchell observes that without an education to teach us “clear, coherent writing” our minds never mature because writing “leaves a trail of thought that we can retrace and so discover where we have been stupid.” (pg. 40) Using an analogy to football, Mitchell says that
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2011 for the course COM 101 taught by Professor Welker during the Winter '08 term at Grand Valley State University.

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Connection Paper2 - Mundinger 1 Katie Mundinger COM 101 06...

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