Mediated Communication.

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Thesis StatementIn today's technically advanced environment communication is taking on more forms than it ever has in the past. The dynamics of communicating is changing, and we are constantly learning and adjusting to these changes. It is also becoming increasingly more important to be aware of the way we interact with others, both in person and electronically. The following paper discusses the many forms of communication, and looks closely at mediated communication.

Mediated Communication"Communication has been described as the process of conveying feelings, attitudes, facts, beliefs, and ideas between individuals, either verbally or non-verbally (Walker, V. & Brokaw, L., 2001, p. 228)." People use to communicate only by face to face discussions, then they started communicating through hand written letters, we moved on to the telephone, and because of today's technology we now communicate through electronics. Without communication, people would not know what others think, feel, or what is going on in the world.

Telephones are a form of oral communication but you are unable to see the person's nonverbal message. When people communicate face to face, there is a better understanding of what is not being said. When you face someone while they are talking, you can tell by their non-verbal actions whether the person is upset, angry, happy, disappointed, lying, etc. You can tell if the listener is interested in what you are saying by their proxemics and haptics. For example, if they are standing close and touching your arm that person is generally interested. If the person's kinesics is to look away and they are standing distant, and crossing their arms, then that could mean they are not interested in what is being said. "Face-to-face contact is typically more effective than other types of oral communication, as both verbal and nonverbal signals are readily and simultaneously...