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CMNS 110
Roman Onufrijchuk

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CMNS 110 Introduction to Communication Studies
Office K9650
604-773-5237 Sept 5
Due Week 4 - Survey assignment
Part I: Critique of document in readings (essay by Katherine Miller)
Part II: 100-150 word biographical statement about myself as if it was to be read by someone
sympathetic to me to speak in public
Both parts to hand into TA, Part II emailed to Roman
No tutorials on midterm week (week 7)
What is communication?
Etymology: munirate root word for communication is gift/giving (munificent, generous)
Communication is the articulation of relationships it is before and after everything
Communication is
onto (ta onta) things
Ontology = science of reality
Communication is ontogenic it produces human reality
Communication is ontomorphic it shapes reality
Communication is ontoeconomic it manages reality
oLatin: radix (root ,base, fundamental component)
oThe radical of communication is relation
Communication is not a state, it is a process. It has 2 qualities. It is:
oTransitive it moves, its dynamic
oTransformational it changes
All communication is mediated it takes place via media
Can there be pure unmediated communication? Language, gesture, clothing, etc. is all a
Anything humans have touch, selected, or done is a medium it is articulated
Every act of communication is automatically an act of interpretation
Communication is the ultimate generalist discipline
Media are never neutral every time you communicate or use a medium, that medium
conditions the nature of the messages and the way they can be interpreted
Every medium enables you to do some things and doesnt enable you to do some others e.g.
telephone deprived of the corporal self
Hierarchy, force power

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The study of communication is the origin of all the other sciences that we have the study of
effective expression and the listening and observing of others

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James Carey 1977
concerned with how to get data from one person to another
how to get around blockages/noise
main practitioners in America
the way in which communities reproduce themselves
more concerned with how we shape communities using communications
main practitioners in Europe
Administrative role of media how do use media to convince people of things? core
question in advertising, communications, pr
Syringe method of transmission
Can you approach communication for a diachronic or synchronic point of view
oDia = act; chronic = time
oSyn = all
oDiachronically = approach something historically with it existing in time
Change is the only thing that you can count on in time
Have to deal with it in flux/in motion
Structural analysis how things are interconnected when they are not in flux
Can approach it when you try to pin it down in time can see all the
Approaches to Communications
*Miller 13 table 1.2
Robert Craig
oThe practical art of discourse
oHow effective communication takes place and how it is influential in people making
important decisions
oUnderstand how we manipulate signs in communication
oIt is intersubjectively tested
oCommunication becomes the experience of others
a.About information overload, underload
a.Handle the masses with manipulation of behaviour
b.Cristpohe LeBon crowd psychology technique or science by which to manage unruly
c.Understanding groups’ minds
d.What makes a leader, what makes people follow leaders
a.Cmns as the process by which communities are produced are reproduced
b.Production or reproduction of social order
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