Understanding Communication

I am really interested with my colleague’s subject today talking about communication. We did a nice discuss with this topic at class and so that’s why I’d like to share many ideas about what we were talking last day. About Understanding Communication.

Few words are used in as many different ways, by as many different people, as the word communication. To some, communication brings to mind an image of a speaker addressing an audience from behin a lectern, the lively discussion among colleagues at a meeting, or an exchange chance of glances between lovers. Other associate the term primarily with mass media, such as, newspapers, television, books, radio, or film. For still other, communication has to do with computers, telephones, satellites, or military command and control.

Communication can be a debate, a sermon, a memorable night at the theater, the efforts of a child striving to conquer stuttering, Morse code, a roadside sign, or a thoughtful walk on the beach. Communication is what we think of when we see a Patriot missile colliding with a SCUD, a tear, an outstretched arm, a knowing smile, the sign language of a deafmute, a kiss, a four-letter word scrawled on a rest room wall, even silence 🙂

Why Study Communication?

Nice question, then. It is difficult to get through a conversation with a friend or a colleague, a speech by a business or community leader, or the pages of a newspaper or magaxine, without being reminded that communication is a very fundamental and important aspect of life. Communication is a central theme in discussions about topics as seemingly diverse as public speaking, international relations, marriage and divorce, group dynamics, labor negotiations, teaching, management, computer networking, child rearing, marketing, and sales. Not suprisingly, communication is also a very popular discipline on campuses across the country. One reason is that the field offers students an oppotunity to combine academic, proffesional, and personal values.

First, Academic Values. As a discipline, communication has also maintained intellectual ties with the humanities, especially philosophy, literature, religion, cultural studies, and art. There are also significant connections between communication and proffesional fields such as law, medicine, bussiness, information science, social work, education, computer science, and library science. In medicine, for instance, there is a long-standing interest in communication between doctor and patients, and a significant number of communication researchers see medicine as a very fruitful area in which to examine a wide array or communication concepts. Today, the field of communication is both a behavioral/social science and an applied liberal art. The communication discipline shares with psychology, sociology, anthropology, and political science the pursuit of knowledge about human individuals and social activity.

Second, Proffesional Value. Regardless of the career one selects, the ability to understand the nature of communication, to communicate competently, and to work effectively with other is of prime importance. Communication knowledge and skill is basic to many of these sugested leadership qualities. It is fundamental to interpersonal relationship, influence, and information flow within organizations. Communication also plays an important supporting role in planning, implementing, decision making, strategic thinking, acquiring technical knowledge, and assessing results.

Third, Personal Value. In this kinds of situations, communication plays a very central role, and the study of communication provides a very useful perspective on them. It help us to understand the dynamics of individual behavior, relationships, groups, organizations, cultures, and societies. Just as important, it also offers new insights about our own behavior and our impact on others in occupational and social situations. The more we understand the nature of communication, the better able we are to assess and adeal competently with the communication situations we encounter.

Some informations are based on a hand-book that we used in class, however, I don’t know exactly what kind of book, the title, the author, and so on. Because I just got this references from a copies paper. But, I see a big letter in front of this paper namely “Introduction”, and I guess, that’s the title. 🙂 banzai!!

Love, Dilah.


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