Interpersonal Communication - Week Two
Think of an example in which you would describe as “incompetent” interpersonal communication. For this example, write 100-200 words describing the communication, the situation, and the communicators involved. Then ask, “What part of the communication model on page 11 of your text is responsible for the interpersonal communication problem?” Describe your thoughts in response to this question based on the text, as well as your own background knowledge and/or personal experience.
This week you will submit a proposed thesis statement for your paper relating to the impact of modern technology on interpersonal communication. This statement should be specific and should reflect the ideas you are planning to research and discuss in your paper. A very general statement, such as, “Modern technology has various impacts on interpersonal communication” would be too broad for you to write an effective paper based on such a thesis. Please be specific, and feel free to ask me if you have questions or would like to know if your thesis is acceptable. You may want to consider choosing a specific type of technology to research instead of “modern technology” in general in order to come up with a specific thesis statement. Along with your one-sentence thesis statement, please also include one paragraph describing what types of sources you plan to look for, as well as some further specifics regarding the content you plan on exploring in your paper.
A fun video showing you the different forms of nonverbal communication.
There is a belief that communication is 93% body language and only 7% words. This misguided belief is called the Mehrabian Myth. It is a complete misreading of the research conducted by Dr. Albert Mehrabain and has been discredited by scholars including Dr. Mehrabian himself. Since this myth is popular with many nonverbal / body language "experts" we wanted to mention it here in some informative but fun videos.