1.1 Identify the Different Forms of Communication

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Identify the different forms of communication


For this criteria, I am going to research and study the various forms of communication. I will be looking at all possible forms of communicating both old and new and discussing how they are practiced.

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Communication definition: Communication is a process of transferring information from one entity to another. "the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs". An exchange of thoughts, feelings or ideas towards a goal or direction. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communication

Whilst researching human communication I discovered a vast array of techniques, processes, styles and methods practiced all over the world.

The process of communication requires a sender to encode and send a message via a communication channel that is being received by a receiver. The receiver is then responsible for decoding and processing the transmitted information and replying back via a communication channel.

In order for the communication process to be successful both the sender and receiver are required to have a subject area of communicative commonality. The information transferred between sender and receiver is transmitted via a wide variety of mediums, some of which include air, noise, signal, paper, and electromagnetic waves.

There are a large variety of communication models which outline the technique above. Some of the most popular are that of Shannon and Weaver, Lasswell and Berlos S-M-C-R model.

Within the communication process, there are many methods and channels used to exchange thoughts and feelings between individuals. Transmitted messages are decoded using our five senses hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste. Communication can be classified as either mediated or unmediated communication.

Mediated communication is communication that involves a process by which a message is transmitted via some form or medium. Internet content consists of many forms of mediated communication, this can be typed text within web pages or written emails, videos and images. Mediated communication covers more than just the internet, it also includes television broadcasts, radio broadcasts, telephone conversations, newspapers, photographs, diagrams etc. It contains examples of both verbal and nonverbal communication.

Unmediated communication is any type of communication that is transferred without the assistance of a third party. Unmediated communication can occur when one person speaks directly to another, when you are listening to an individual face to face, when you smell food or even when you can feel the wind or rain on your skin. The received information is only passed via two parties. Unmediated communication is far more personal and interactive. Intentions, feelings and emotion can be interpreted through the use of prosodic and paralanguage features. Mediated communication is more convenient and attainable although it is a much more difficult medium through which to convey feelings and meanings. “Mediated communication also creates a greater chance for misinterpretation by the receiver” (Pavlik)

When communicating there are two main categories your communication will fall under. Depending on the channel used for communication, the process can be broadly classified as verbal communication and non-verbal communication.

VERBAL Communication

Verbal communication is divided into oral and written communication. It makes use of words, vocabulary, numbers and symbols all of which are arranged into sentences thus producing verbal communication.

Oral communication is the most apparent form of the verbal communicative sector. Oral communication can be transmitted via means of discussion, speeches, presentations and causal conversations. It is extremely important that attention is given to how words and sentences are expressed because how these are perceived has a major impact on the receiver. If a...
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