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Wilfrid Laurier University
Communication Studies
Ghislain Thibault

What is Communication? What do we put in common through communication practices? Ie. What do we transmit to one another and make common knowledge? Idea’s, stories, emotions, information, goods, news…. What means, or channels do we use to communication? Oral, written, or sign language, books, smartphones, computers.  These means are referred to a media (inter-media-ry- you need an intermediate for you idea’s or stories to be transmitted to someone else, this intermediary is the media you use, ie. A type of language) Variety of Communication Practices  Interpersonal communication (means: language, person to person)  Intercultural Communication (Communication between cultures)  Organization Communication (Communicate on behalf on the organization, eg public affairs, press releases, internal salary cuts etc..)  Mass media communication (tv, magazine, news paper etc. - most prominent area of research) (TV invented around 1952)  Visual Communication (visual icons)  Digital Communication Communications Studies: is an interdisciplinary program that draws from and combines an array of disciplinary backgrounds such as English, film studies, anthropology political science, psychology, and sociology. In other words, the problem of communication can be approached from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The study of communications came about after the second world war, m
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