Are you listening to me? I mean it. Are you listening to me? I’m trying to communicate here and tell you that that’s what people do. My studies in this class have offered me insights about the challenges that the Communication Studies Department has been experiencing throughout history. Not only does communication change over time but theories are difficult to define. Going on to graduate school in this discipline is debated because of the multiple interactions that help to define communication. It seems that the emergence of Communication scholarship demanded that discussions were interdisciplinary. I feel that this is the theme that troubles the readers of Boxing Plato’s Shadow.  Expression can be found in millions of books and written in many languages. Ideas and translations seek to create language style and figures of speech. 1 To this day, the term rhetoric is often used to refer to hollow persuasive messages lacking substance and containing pretentious language. Plato had little value for rhetoric. Not only are there people who use it for deceiving others but Plato had a philosophy that communication should only be used to seek the Truth. 1 Whereas Plato sought Truth as a philosopher, using reasoning and dialogue to “draw out” knowledge and understanding, Aristotle sought to understand his natural and social environment as a scientist would, by observing systematically. Draw conclusions or make decisions that are important for having a good attitude and function.

Notes

1 Dues, M., & Brown, M. Boxing Plato’s Shadow: An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication. (New York: University of Arizona, 2004) 8,11.

Interpersonal communication is something that I found as an unreliable trait in myself. One goal that I specifically want to work on is how I handle concepts that require asking questions and expressing views with enough confidence to paraphrase certain matters. I need to develop willingness to participate. I can improve the skills that are important to me and have used what I have been able to implement to publish practical handouts.  Employees need to be motivated and engaged by sharing clear, consistent messages in a timely manner. I also think that there are significant factors that determine how employees are experiencing and understanding behaviors in a professional workplace. 2 The communication discipline, based on its expansive research and scholarly tradition in this area, is the most logical choice in the academy to address the need for instruction about communication in organizations. Preparing for technology changes is something that really motivated me in this classroom.

Notes

2 Morreal, S.P., & Pearson, J.C. (2008) Why Communication Education is Important: The Centrality of the Discipline in the 21st Century. National Communication Association, 57(2), 224-240.

Class differences and racial background can have direct impacts on a person’s life. When they can communicate and feel that they are succeeding, perception and other people’s perceptions become central. Concepts in Leadership and Organization coursework would be helpful in rhetoric for a specific speaker or audience. Analyzing and evaluating management skills needs to be apart of coursework so that you can understand the effects of your past experiences. Convincing people to participate and be interactive about communication is difficult because a lot of people will place Communication into the English department. Communication Studies was late to arrive in the curriculum of universities. The definition wasn’t always appropriate and the reputation was questionable because of Plato’s shadow. I see the pursuit of Truth as a great philosophy and know that many cultures accept this philosophy. Uncertainty isn’t what we make of it but the patterns are identified in sensory data.

1 The emergence of mass media and social concerns in America from the 1930s to the 1950s stimulated the growth of communication study. 1 Sometimes building on classical rhetorical concepts, and sometimes developing theories from other roots, social scientific communication scholars redefined the entire study of human communication.

Notes

1 Dues, M., & Brown, M. Boxing Plato’s Shadow: An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication. (New York: University of Arizona, 2004) 76-77.

Occupational plans and continuing work can alternate between constructing critical principles for business and building specific skills for individuals. Being able to send messages and handle any situation by developing my communication competencies will help me instruct any employees I train in. 3 They need to be able to construct and deliver messages and listen with literal and critical comprehension. Respect and confidence are helpful in pulling together information for projects in a workplace.

The discipline that forces us to overcome the shadow cast over discovering probably truths involves themes and communication events with insights from many theoretical bases. We are able to demonstrate our assumptions because of qualitative and quantitative research. Approaches at 1 “capturing the complexity of life” use the scientific method to make observations and allow focus on traditional and non-traditional scholarship.  1 Before the 1940s, however, social science research in speech departments was limited, probably because during that period their primary focus was on teaching speech as a practical art based on a rhetorical perspective. Knowledge and variable research from experiments will allow the college student to learn or consider learning how to market to new audiences.

Notes

1 Dues, M., & Brown, M. Boxing Plato’s Shadow: An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication. (New York: University of Arizona, 2004) 60.

3 Morreale, S., Rubin, R., and Jones, E. Speaking and Listening Competencies for College Students. (Washington DC: National Communication Association, 1998) para. 15.

4 Career opportunities for communication graduates have never been more abundant and diverse. The 21st century is full of new problems that time hasn’t fixed. Organizations are forever changing. When you are able to understand the basic systems that Communication teaches you you stand out from your peers. Aristotle and the sophists were writing about Communication and studying skills that were only taught by preachers. Roman Rhetoric was brought together from Greek ideas, and in the first century A.D. Rome used higher thinking and education to build their empire. Augustine was a medieval Christian scholar and in the fourth century he taught his followers from the scripture. Muslim control witnessed the invasion of Egypt and this created a time known as the Dark Ages. Alexandria, a great library was destroyed by Julius Cesar’s armies and we lost many contributions of philosophy, mathematics, and architecture. The Moors had acquired ancient knowledge and were forced to leave their library. Universities in Europe preserved the books that could be saved and much of their own ancient texts were recovered. The Humanism movement or the Renaissance had a philosophy known as the “universal man.” This philosophy was a Greek thought about understanding the physical world. The printing press was invented and the nature of human communication would bring about the concept of mass production and mass communication. Information was stored and the scribes in the past could now produce more books. This technology allowed more people to be educated.

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4 Morreale, S. and Swickard-Gorman, Allison. Pathways to Communication Careers in the 21st Century. (Washington D.C: National Communication Association, 2006) para. 3.

People living in poverty could get books. Literacy rates became much higher. The seventeenth century was called the Enlightenment. Humans were expressing their insights by the means of scientific study. Argumentation was a lot more popular in the 1800s. The study of rhetoric reached the American and we adopted the English approach at Elocution in our Universities. This happened in the late nineteenth century.

4 In addition to studying how we send and receive messages using our bodies and minds, such as spoken words, gestures, and posture, students are learning about human communication using digitally based and technological media that translate, amplify or otherwise alter the message. Having a good background in small group, intercultural, interpersonal communication and knowing how to use systematic communication will make your life a lot easier. It will also be easier for you to understand what is relevant in being considered for employment. 4 Internships are available in other academic disciplines but the relationship between interning and the communication discipline is particularly close.

Notes

4 Morreale, S. and Swickard-Gorman, Allison. Pathways to Communication Careers in the 21st Century. (Washington D.C: National Communication Association, 2006) 6.

4 To gain some perspective on any graduate program, you should also try to contact some of the current graduate students to hear what their experiences have been. Finding a career is going to be a continuous part of your life where you can grow and expand. There are going to be times where your path changes and a new career is needed. Communication is practical and your bachelor’s degree will teach you to address the challenges you experience. If you are able to get into graduate school, companies will know that you are qualified for public relations and will have the communication ethics that reflect the company well. 4 Marketing has long been a staple department for companies big and small. Without marketing communication, how would companies and/or organizations match products and/or services to consumer needs? Diplomatic communication has influenced many of the graduates from Communication.

Notes

4 Morreale, S. and Swickard-Gorman, Allison. Pathways to Communication Careers in the 21st Century. (Washington D.C: National Communication Association, 2006) 10,12, 15.

1 Interpersonal communication, mass communication, and communication as an ongoing, interactive process remained to be addressed in the twentieth century. At the dawn of the twentieth century, the ancient study of rhetoric has survived and gained new relevance in democratic societies. The market for communications study is essential and businesses look at you as well as professional association to your academia. A Communication Studies degree is a more modern discipline. Analyzing speeches can help a critic to learn basic understanding of poetry and literature. Good rhetoric is definitely a form of skills building. Interpreting the meaning and cultural impact of mass media is competitive. We learned that problem solving can be effective in clearly identifying messages from speech and addresses moral issues. 1Earlier approaches sought to discover a single “correct” interpretation of a message, today’s hermeneutic scholars begin by recognizing that a single message can have many meanings and that meanings vary with different receivers and different contexts. 1 In the early 1950s, social scientists studying communication adopted the term communication research and developed a common vocabulary of communication terms. Plato’s shadow helps us to recognize the progress scholarly work in this century has made. The focus on applied scholarship has grown and students are reading and approaching this subject with more interest. There are many kinds of practices that guide our assumptions and all classes help coach you in being comfortable with constructing arguments. There is a lot of value in maintaining this academic discipline.

Notes

1 Dues, M., & Brown, M. Boxing Plato’s Shadow: An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication. (New York: University of Arizona, 2004) 28, 44, 71.

Works Cited

1 Dues, M., & Brown, M. Boxing Plato’s Shadow: An Introduction to the Study of Human             Communication. (New York: University of Arizona, 2004).

2 Morreal, S.P., & Pearson, J.C. (2008) Why Communication Education is Important: The             Centrality of the Discipline in the 21st Century. National Communication Association,           57(2), 224-240.

3 Morreale, S., Rubin, R., and Jones, E. Speaking and Listening Competencies for College             Students. (Washington DC: National Communication Association, 1998).

4 Morreale, S. and Swickard-Gorman, Allison. Pathways to Communication Careers in the 21st    Century. (Washington D.C: National Communication Association, 2006).

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