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  • What exactly is communication?

  • The most simple definition: Communication is each act of transmitting information.

  • Information in the broadest sense of the word: including thoughts, ideas and emotions.

  • Information in the broadest sense of the word: including thoughts, ideas and emotions.

  • Information in the broadest sense of the word: including thoughts, ideas and emotions.

  • Giving someone a bouquet of flowers is communicating a certain message.

  • Adding to that gift a verbal compliment,

  • "You're pretty" is another seperate act of communication.

  • Blushing 'because you've just received flowers and a compliment

  • is again another form of communication.

  • is again another form of communication.

  • is again another form of communication.

  • As social animals we communicate day in day out...

  • with spoken words, non-verbal gestures, signs and symbols.

  • with spoken words, non-verbal gestures, signs and symbols.

  • Sometimes we use media to communicate a message.

  • Media are the channels that we use to communicate.

  • Scholars don’t really agree on the definition of the word media.

  • Television, internet, radio, mobile phones, the soapbox we stand on to give a speech,

  • they are all technical media in a way. Things we constructed to amplify our communication.

  • In the more broader definition, we can include our hands, voice and eyes,

  • that we all use to communicate somehow, in the list of communication channels, of media.

  • In general however, whenever we discuss mediated communication

  • or the mass media, we only mean the first category.

  • Over the years scientists from different scientific disciplines have studied these channels

  • of communication and all these different forms that communication can take.

  • The results of their studies have formed the basis of the relatively new

  • 'science of communication'.

  • Even today, many scholars in other disciplines

  • study the exact same communication phenomena as we do.

  • We share theories, models and often use the same methods to analyse & describe our field.

  • It is therefore useful to be aware of how these other disciplines are connected with ours.

  • To get an idea of the different levels of communication

  • and how they are connected to other scienctific disciplines,

  • we can look at the so-called pyramid of communication.

  • On the highest level of this pyramid we find societal communication,

  • which is by its very nature aimed at a large mass audience.

  • Therefore mainly historians, political scientists and sociologists studied this perspective.

  • Under that is the level of institutional communication,

  • that is performed by political parties, organized religions, large corporations and such.

  • Then comes the level of group communication.

  • Groups are audiences that feel a high level of group identification,

  • for instance a family or a fanclub.

  • Both institutional and group communication are in the field of sociology and cultural antropology.

  • We have now arrived to the level of interpersonal communication,

  • basically the communication between two or more people.

  • Both sociologists and psychologists study this field.

  • Finally there is the level of intrapersonal communication.

  • This would be the communication you have with yourself.

  • With this we mean all information processing, thinking, internalizing information

  • and the process of giving meaning to the world around us.

  • And of course this approach leans heavily on the discipline of psychology.

What exactly is communication?

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