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What is communication?

- A two way (at least) process of interchanging information, thoughts, opinion, ideas...

- Unidirectional/bidirectional/multidirectional

- Verbal/Non-Verbal

- Medium: face-to-face, mediated

EXAMPLE QUESTION: Jill and John are texting e.o back and forth

- JILL be there @ 9

- I will u?

-Gr8 C U THEN!

- John: Later.

ACCORDING TO WHAT WE DISCUSSED IN CLASS WHAT CAN BE SAID ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION THAT GOES ON BETWEEN JILL AND JOHN?

A. IT IS TWO- WAY, PERSONAL, INTIMATE

B. IT IS TWO - WAY , INTERPERSONAL, FACE-TO-FACE

C. IT IS MASS, MEDIATED, MULTIDIRECTIONAL

D. IT IS TWO- WAY, INTERPERSONAL, MEDIATED

Answer: D. process between two parties back and forth. Mediated, they're texting.

How do we know communication?

Theories:

-Personal (native) theories

- Scholarly Theories (Scientific, imperial, testable, public theories)

Example: Nathan is going to visit his grandmother. He knows that when she sees him, she will hug him and give him a very wet kiss on his cheek, although she did not hug him nor did she give him a wet kiss the last three times they had not met. This BEST demonstrates what charactistic of personal (native) theories:

A. THEY ARE BASED ON OBJECTIVE LIFE EXPERIENCES

B. THEY ARE TAKEN FOR GRANTED

C. THEY ARE STABLE

D. THEY ARE SHARED

ANSWER: C. BECAUSE IT DIDN'T HAPPEN THE LAST THREE TIMES, IT DIDN'T CHANGE HIS THEORY ON WHY IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. THE THEORY DIDN'T CHANGE.

HANDOUT : THE BENEFIT OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS

-In what aspects of life does communication matter?

-intimacy, at work, etc.

Example: ACCORDING TO THE BENEFITS OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS (THE HANDOUT GIVEN IN CLASS), IN WHAT ASPECTS OF LIFEDOES COMMUNICATION MATTER?

A. AT THE WORK PLACE

B. LIFE CHOICES

C. INTIMACY/ATTRACTIVENESS

D. ALL OF THE ABOVE

ANSWER: D

FIVE LEVELS OF COMMUNICATION:

-INTRAPERSONAL- communication with one's self

-Interpersonal- With someone else one on one.

-Group- Communication among a few people (3-9) it can vary

-Public-

-Mass- Cannot interact with everyone. You see them but cant

* mediated*_ something that we used in order to communicate. Most of the time it is technological devices, cell phones, internet. Etc.

EXAMPLE: Jimmy gives a prsentation in front of 50 ppl. Hes done he needs to lead a discussion about what he was talking about. He tries to coordinate all 50 participants so that everyone who wants can contribute to the discussion, but he feels that neither he nor other ppl in the audience can give good useful feedback to one another. THIS IS PROBABLY DESCRIBED AS:

A. INTERPERSONAL

B. GROUP

C. PUBLIC

D. MASS

ANSWER: C.

COMMUNICATION AS A FIELD OF STUDY

CLASS3.

KNOW- THE HISTORY OF THE DISCIPLINE

-KNOW THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH PERIOD (during the last 3 decades it has been the information age)

-KNOW RELEVANT CONCEPTS (EG: INTERDISCIPLINARY, COMMUNICATION

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