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CS100 Lecture Notes - Interpersonal Communication, Mass Media, Deeper Understanding

Communication Studies
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Ghislain Thibault

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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, many
researchers wanting to know how to use communication to their advantage, and
examine propaganda etc. 1940’s
Why is Communication a Problem??
Communication is a process, a complex human activity (there is no simple
way to communicate)
Scholars look for questions where others see facts and truth
Our communication practices have to be questioned in order to understand
them better
This course will question our contemporary technologies of information and
of communication by looking at history
Why Does History Matter
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