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ISTD01H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Gartner, Unintended Consequences, Manuel Castells


Department
International Studies
Course Code
ISTD01H3
Professor
Leslie Chan
Lecture
2

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ISTB01 Week 2
September-20-2010
12:14 PM
From Industrial to Network Society: Framing the Conceptual Issues of International Communications
What is communication?
Characteristics of Communication:
A process of exchanging info (usually via a system of symbols)
Involve a sender and a receiver (two-way)
Common understanding of shared codes or common set of symbols (language, computer codes,
etc.)
Human communication: mediated by tools and technology
Language is a form of tools and technology; created by humans for the purpose of executing tasks
by communicating
Ex: Language prof used to express; students write down with paper or laptop through symbols
(written) to store the ideas/info which means duplication
Copying and duplication are essential for mass communication
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Key Issues
What are the distinctions between "international," "global," "transnational," and "cosmopolitan"?
International
Between more than on country
Global
Whole world
Nothing is truly global; some areas of the world are still excluded
Very few things are
Transnational
Has a base, only the beginning
Activity in one country (base) spreads to many others
Ex. EU, can travel within all of Europe; no borders
Cosmopolitanism
Idea that borders are not a part of people's identity anymore
Web-designer; can be working for anywhere
How we define ourselves based on what we do
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What is communication and why is it increasingly global?
Analytical framework
In 1960s critics were concerned and stated the negatives aspects TV would bring to the public:
o Couch potato
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