Interpersonal Communication vs. Mass Communication

Heath Nicholson

Interpersonal communication takes place between two or more individuals or groups. While one party is the sender, the other is the receiver, who provides immediate feedback. On the other hand, mass communication is one party addressing a large audience through a medium (tv, internet, radio); a more linear for because there is no immediate feedback.

The difference in interpersonal and mass communication will be portrayed in the upcoming presidential election debates. Starting October 3, the candidates will demonstrate interpersonal communication. At the same time, television networks will be mass communicating the debates to potential voters. While Barack and Mitt discuss politics (immediate feedback), the viewers are able to enjoy the show from home. In the meantime, enjoy the political commercials!

For a full schedule of the upcoming debates, visit


One thought on “

  1. rochellem5 says:

    I would like to see your personal definition here, the definition you have sounds more quote on quote… (Book Defined) Your findings sound accurate, but perhaps a more personal definition might be helpful for the group in learning the true meaning behind “interpersonal communication”
    I believe if you go off of what you have you will be able to find a great definition to work from.

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