What I have learnt from the course "Advanced Theories of Communication”

imcyndi, Tomorrowland, Dec 12, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A lot of what underpins communications theory as described here also underpins theories of transactional distance in education theory (see the work of Michael G. Moore for example). The idea is that "the process of communication involves the process by which a sender conveys a particular message to the audience" and "effective communication occurs when the receiver can acquire the exact meaning intended by the sender." Pretty standard stuff. About three quarters of the way through, the author looks inward and discusses the elements of dialogue with oneself. I like this a lot, but it makes me wonder, when we communicate with ourselves, is communication always effective? I don't think it is, for a variety of reasons. And I ask whether communication is really the sending of a specific message with any sort of meaning at all. Via Pierre Levy.

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