According to the CJ 105 textbook Critical Thinking in Communication there are three main components of communication: a source, a medium and a receiver. Communication occurs through many different mediums, each of which plays an important role in our communication. Both verbal and non-verbal communication is used without a second thought by everyone. Another very common form of communication is through the internet. Large amounts of information can easily be passed from the source to the receiver instantly. I think that a good example of this is how relevant facebook is today and the clear implications it has on culture. Have you ever used the phrase “Is it facebook official yet?” in terms of a relationship? As facebook became a common place form of communication it also became the first place to look for conformation of social changes such as relationship status of friends and family. I do find this change in our culture intriguing. Ten years ago the phrase “Is it facebook official?” would have made very little sense.
Language and symbols go hand in hand where communication is concerned. A good everyday example of this in my mind is driving. When you are on the road you are constantly communicating with everyone else around you. I think this is an impressive feat. Take a second and think about it, you are on the road with complete strangers and are able to clearly communicate your intents. At the same time, on a regular basis we come across difficulties making our points clear to people we know on a more personal level. For example, essay questions on a recent exam are graded and handed back with comments from the professor. You felt that you clearly communicated the concept asked about in the question however the professor reads your written essay and comes to a different conclusion about what you are stating. How is it that a busy four way stop sign can be easier to navigate through then another person’s own thoughts? Traffic signs are symbols that are tied to a specific direction. These symbols are an effective way to clarify the differences in the way people think.