Monday, February 15, 2010

Types of Communication

Hello, Class:

Communication is how we interact with the environment. Everyone has a unique way of socializing or expressing their own ideas. This can be done by doing many things. We can communicate by playing a musical instrument, through Irish step-dancing, which are a couple of examples. The oldest form of media communication is the spoken word which goes back about 70,000 years. Artists can illustrate paintings, skectches, build sculptures, or create pottery made of clay. Cave paintings and primitive art have been around for roughly 25,000 years. When you read a book containing written words, you can create pictures in your mind about what is happening throughout the story. You don't see any live action, though. When you watch the television set, you see people and the plot visually. Cyberspace involves communication in an electronic environment. Michael Benedikt says, "Cyberspace is a globally networked, computer-sustained, computer-accessed, and computer-generated, multidimensional, artifical, or "virtual" reality" (p.122-3) . The Internet makes up for most of cyberspace. The shopping items on the Internet represent real things, yet aren't actually real. We may actually be morphed inside cyberspace when we are having a conversation via e-mail, responding to blogs posted online, or typing up an essay. Others view cyberspace as CMC, or computer mediated communication. It relates to how well people communicate or function within virtual reality. E-mail, Internet and discussion boards are a few examples of CMC. How well someone does with CMC depends on how comforable they feel with using the piece of technology and his/her experience.


1 comment:

  1. As Neil Postman put it in the documentary, quoting Thoreau from Walden:

    "Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at; as railroads lead to Boston or New York. We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate."