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When studying and reading from textbooks from school, I often think of examples and things I can compare and contrast what I am learning to. As far as speech goes, The Communication Process seems to be a lot like blogging and bloggers.
The first step is the sender. In blogging, the blogger is the sender. Whilst thinking about what to blog – and typing the blog – the blogger is communicating with his/herself, also known as intrapersonal communication. The blogger must encode, or type, what the message, or blog post, is going to be. Therefore, isn’t typing the blog post into the text box considered encoding? Even if it is not HTML, like I wrote in parenthesis on my reading guide, it is still encoding – it can still be taken back. Encoding is thinking of what the message is going to be.
In a blogger’s case, the message is the blog post itself.
The blogger’s readers are the receivers; they decode the message and try to understand what it means. Now, it’s the readers’ turns to communicate back. Whether or not they do is up to them, but technically, that is still communication.
The receiver encodes their reply in the comment box. When they click submit, they are giving their feedback. What they said cannot be edited (unless, of course, you have the WordPress plugin for that). Then the blogger decodes the feedback they received, and The Communication Process repeats itself whether the bloggers blogs again or replies to the commenter (the receiver).
Does that make sense?
The source is the blog itself; it is the website. The context is the section the blog is in. Possible Interference could be:
- the layout
- other things on the internet
- things on the sidebar
- other things on the page (falling snow, etc.)
- and more
Unfortunately, I can’t exactly explain to group members in the class. I tried once, and I think they thought I was weird. 🙁
P.S. Opinions have changed: What I learned in Communications class was super ableist.