Communication Theory

Communication Theory

I found the write-up very informative. Given my career, I view communication as a critical aspect. It is through communication that I will have the ability to pass information to my students and other people within my circle. However, the write-up puzzles me with regards to how communication theory came to evolve. In the mid-twentieth century? Given the time when humanity came into existence, I wonder why it took too long for its emergence. People used to pass information during those periods too. Great innovations were made in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A lot of science and other technical aspects were involved. Why didn’t communication theory emerge during these periods? I just tend to wonder.

I liked the part describing models of communication i.e., transactional and linear models.  The linear model in particular, views communication as a process whereby meanings are packaged in symbolic messages. I have learnt that this is a model that I can never use with my students. There is a high probability that on most occasions they will not get what I am trying to put across. Aspects of miscommunication are likely to arise since the message sent is not likely the same message to be received.

On the traditions involved with communication theory, I find it rather disturbing when teachers are classified in the same category as politicians with regards to rhetoric. It is true that teachers use persuasive communication in classrooms in order to make students grasp most of the contents. However, using them as an example in a paragraph that was talking about politicians seems to be wrong in a way. Politicians usually use persuasive communication, but they usually lack sincerity and meaningful content. This is a different case for teachers since most of the information passed are based on facts and they are sincere in their quest to instill knowledge in students.

The fifth tradition of communication theory (social psychology) intrigues and makes much sense to me. It views communication as an aspect of interaction and influence. It all boils down to people’s attitudes, traits, emotions and beliefs. People have the ability to influence others by way of communication based on this attributes. A good example is when people are emotionally vulnerable; others get the opportunity of feeding them with the information that they think will interest them for their own sake. A similar case applies to beliefs and traits. This is the reason you find people being deceived regardless of their age and intellectual capacity.

Generally, I enjoyed the write-up based on the information that it passes across. This is regardless of the reservations I have on some areas.

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