- "Media are things that communicate" (medium = singular)
- definitions of a medium: storage and transmission channels (Wikipedia); a channel or place
through which a message can be transmitted
1. Theatre - Eugene Ionesco: French playwright, had interesting ideas on communication (ie.
dystopic communication in The Chairs, characters speak but don't understand)
- "It's as if I were detached from the world...watching it as a spectacle I can't quite understand."
2. Music - Jazz
- improvisational, similar to dialogue because dialogue is improv
- feelings are communicated
- visual art can be a medium too
Everything is a medium!
- importance of media studies is to learn the techniques to decode what these media are saying
Communication Studies in Context: Models, Methods and Meanings
- Part 1:Action, Transaction, transmission, and Ritual Models
- Part 2: Mediated Communication
- Part 3: what does communication carry? Truth or ideas?
- how does info get transmitted?
- do people always receive the same message as the one the sender intended?
- can we, as communicators, do things that will guarantee the success of our efforts at
- efficiency, success, fidelity
- difference between process and content
- monological model: one-way movement of information from a sender to one or more receivers,
- two-step flow model: mass media pushes out information, opinion leaders digest the
information and disperse it to their followers - interaction model: participants are both the send and receiver and provide feedback to one
- cyclical model of senders and receivers: information transfer, information reception, feedback,
response, and so on
- we say we "conduct" a conversation, but really we fall into one or become involved in it
- transmission: moving messages from a sender through a medium to a receiver
- ritual/cultural: construction of a shared space or map of meaning within which people coexist
Part 2: Mediated Communication
- intrapersonal, int