• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  4. 4
    4
  5. 5
    5
  6. 6
    6
  7. 7
    7
  8. 8
    8
  9. 9
    9
  10. 10
    10
  11. 11
    11
  12. 12
    12
  13. 13
    13
  14. 14
    14
  15. 15
    15
  16. 16
    16

Communication in the modern world.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Abstract Over the past decade, communication has become one of the most discussed topics in every relevant field in the world. This essay aims to give the reader an overall view on communication, and the factors affecting it. The essay starts with an introduction to communication and goes on to discuss factors affecting it, like the various learning styles, the national cultures of the world, motivation, and finally the Johari window simultaneously, the essay presents the reader an with an overall understanding as to what to keep in mind in order to become an effective communicator Introduction Communication is one of the most important aspects of dealing and analyzing people. Man initially communicated with gestures, and eventually with words, which lead to sentences. Today, communication had expanded into a large context. We live in a world of satellites, mass media and information technology. We have the telephone, email and various others to facilitate our communication. However, the primitive man lived in one big world. There were no boundaries created by culture. We grew from the primitive ages, and divided ourselves into different countries with boundary lines and each country having a different and unique culture. So to keep up with the times, communication has to be looked at from every cultures perspective. According to the Oxford dictionary, the definition of communication is, "the science and practice of transmitting information to another through connections or means of access; social dealings; letter, message etc". We must communicate in an effective manner in order to be understood or to get our message across to the other person. One of the basic keys to effective communication is, not to simply hear, but to listen. "The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them"-Ralph Nichols.1 Hearing means when one simply hears the statement and does not let it register. ...read more.

Middle

In emotional cultures, feelings are expressed very openly. People are open about their happiness or sadness in a certain situation. They are usually open with one another about their problems and joys and tend to be surrounded by family or friends at most times. They are warm and personal. For example, India and Japan, Diffuse Vs Specific This aspect of cultures is very personality based. Diffuse cultures believe in customising their response or approach when dealing with a particular person or situation. They take time out to know the person they are dealing with. They do keep a few rules in mind, but go out and to have personalised interactions with people. They believe that various people can do a certain job. For example, the Americans follow a diffuse culture. Specific cultures are the ones where everything is followed under rules and regulations. They do not mend them in regard to situations as far as possible. They are mostly inflexible. Example of such a culture is the Chinese. Achievement Vs. Ascription This relates to the value and accordance of status in a culture. The first kind of status is called achieved status and the second ascribed status. While achieved status refers to doing, ascribed status refers to being.(SOURSE) Achievement based cultured believe in giving regard and esteem to a person only when it has been achieved by him/her. People are evaluated on their level of education, achievements and honors earned by them. Ascription based cultures give regard to people on their experiences, age, gender and family status. It sometimes also depends largely on the financial status of a person. Example of Achievement based cultures is one followed by Americans. Here, people are addressed by their first names, and are regarded only on what they have earned in life. Where as a perfect example of an ascription based culture is India. Here, an old person is given a lot of respect because it is considered that he has seen much more than the younger lot. ...read more.

Conclusion

This helps in Self-disclosure. The third, the Blind quadrant, represents those aspects of individuals, which are openly seen by others, but not known by the person himself. For example, you are dining with a group of people in a restaurant, and the person sitting next to you has some sauce on her nose. You can see that, and so can everybody else, but the person in question is not aware of it. An n effective communicator must be able to show people their blind quadrant frankly, which would in turn help the concerned person to be at ease with the communicator. This can be through feedback. The fourth quadrant is the Unknown quadrant is that which is known neither to self nor others. For example being in a completely new situation with other people. You don't know how you are going to react, and neither do the others. This helps in triggering off personal growth. This is very similar to Maslow's concept of self-actualization.11 Keeping in mind all the four sides of the Johari window, an effective communicator must be able to determine the levels of candidness an individual exhibits. Once he is able to establish these, he would be able to put the individual at ease and would thus be able to communicate effectively. Conclusion They say that the world is getting smaller. Global trading is a very important aspect of every economy. This requires dealing with people from different nationalities and different cultures from all over the world. "They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carl W. Buechner 12 Though a large number of communicators are born with inborn strong communication skills, in order to become a successful communicator, one must bear in mind that one could be is dealing with different people with different backgrounds. These people have different learning styles and different Johari windows and different things motivate each one of them. This essay gives an insight to a communicator into all the mentioned aspects, thus leading him to become a successful and effective communicator. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Electronic Media Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Electronic Media Studies essays

  1. The rapid development and utilisation of information and communication technologies has dismantled gender hierarchies ...

    creating or applying new knowledge in the production of goods and services. Employees in some technological or professional roles are perceived to be fundamental to the innovative performance of the company. Organisations that are constantly adapting to changes due to the competitive environment in which it is operating within, will

  2. Critical review - 'What Just Happened?", a chronicle from the information frontier - James ...

    These misuses of technology allow the potential for hoaxes, libel and fraud and are a force for deceit and confusion. What counters this then? If it is free speech then why has free speech has become unnamed speech. The issue of anonymity is of central importance then as it either

  1. facebook: communication

    This is a so-true situation that happen within our environments today because according to a research study on Facebook, reported by Oxygen Media, from 1605 users, ages 18 to 34 years old, 20% from them will spent their time in the middle of the night online on Facebook, 57% confessed

  2. What in your opinion Has made of India an important Research Center?

    These developments have been highly satisfying. India is aware of the dramatic changes that have taken place, in the practice of science, in technology development, and their relationships with, and impact on, society. Particularly, the rapidness with which science and technology is moving ahead. Science calls for multi-institutions and in several cases, multi-country participation.

  1. According to some, we now live in a Knowledge Age. Do you agree? Support ...

    Society" - the Information Age is the Age of Knowledge, we are told. There is a danger that the wisdom of the ages is going to be another piece of jargon. And like all the extinct buzzwords that preceded it, "knowledge" will end up in that dusty shelf where all past development clich�s are stored.

  2. I will be looking at the main form of mass media communication in society ...

    us interaction, where the viewers have control over what they watch and when they watch it. (Digital TV today appendix P11) TV's Effect on Society The question whether or not television has had a decisive influence on everyday life and has helped change society has been questioned by sociologists and psychologists for many years now.

  1. Information Technology New and Old: James Patrick Kelly's Big Guy and E. M. Forster's ...

    Your image in Way Out is determined by the software you use. Today's clumsy efforts of creating a virtual reality are much more primitive, but Way Out is more than just a flight of fancy, completely independent from today's technology.

  2. Tate Modern Case Study. The purpose of this research is to analyze the ...

    These changes have affected how all users interact with digital museum resources in their everyday lives, either when visiting museums in person, or when using museum resources on the web (Muller, 2002: 21;33).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work