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Defining Communication – What are we studying? Definitions of communication o SS Stevens – Communication is a discriminatory response by an organism to a stimulus Elements of the definition Organism – communication occurs among living things Stimulus – information Response – any sort of reaction Discriminatory response – reactions are not always the same. They change as stimulus changes Communication occurs when a living thing responds differently to some stimuli than to others How useful is Stevens’ definition? Does it describe communication well? Are there things that are communication that are left out by the definition? Does it discriminate well? What would not be communication according to the definition? o Berlo – One cannot not communicate. West and Turner say “interpersonal communication is unavoidable” Communication occurs when one person ascribes meaning to another persons behavior Does this describe communication well? Does it discriminate well?
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course COMM 1310 taught by Professor Mottet during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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