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CT day 2 - What is theory-Comes from a Greek term meaning"a...

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1/25/12 What is theory? -Comes from a Greek term meaning “a view” or “to see” -As in our definitions of communication there is no single correct definition Definitions of theory will depend largely on assumptions of theorist There are points of convergence and divergence Communication theories share common goal of attempting to answer questions regarding how and why communicative processes work in the ways the do (Miller) Convergence Theory is an abstraction of the social world not the same as empirical observation Theories are constructions of people i.e. they’re fallible As much lenses to see the world as they are mirrors of the world Only as good as they are practical Useful theories are rarely easy to develop Divergence Different criteria for “good” theory falifiablility, generalizability Theory vs. things that are theory-esque i.e. model/framework, typology/taxonomy How much should we rely on theory?
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