Interpersonal vs.Mass Communication
By: Shelly F.
Critical Thinking in Communication was the basis for my understanding of these two terms:
- Interpersonal communication- a conversation/understanding shared between a few people (usually 2 to a small group).
- Mass communication- the process of creating an awareness between the mass media (news broadcasts, TV, internet, papers) and the audience.
Follow the link below to see a great example of both and then read the explanation.
ABCNEWS.COM – Why would a woman post nasty signs targeting a couple across the street?
The “Angry Duck” picture was obtained from http://www.ftseday.co.uk/dont-argue-with-the-market/
The initial incidents on the video were between 3 people which each show an unfortunate (and ugly) form of interpersonal communication, but ABC posted the story on their website which brings the issue into the realm of mass communication because anyone can look at the website. So, what is the difference between interpersonal communication and mass communication? It’s the same as the difference between a business meeting and a national press conference the size of the audience and the intent behind addressing the audience.