By Gregory J. Shepherd, Eric W. Rothenbuhler

This exact quantity combines man made theoretical essays and reviews of unique examine to handle the interrelations of verbal exchange and neighborhood in a large choice of settings. Chapters tackle interpersonal dialog and communal relationships; journalism corporations and political reporting; media use and group participation; conversation types and replacement organisations; and laptop networks and group construction; between different subject matters. The contents supply man made literature experiences, philosophical essays, stories of unique examine, conception improvement, and feedback. whereas various in theoretical viewpoint and examine concentration, all the chapters additionally presents its personal method of the perform of verbal exchange and group. during this manner, the booklet offers a recurrent thematic emphasis at the pragmatic results of conception and learn for the actions of communique and residing jointly in groups. Taken as an entire, this assortment illustrates that verbal exchange and neighborhood can't be properly analyzed in any context with no contemplating different contexts, different degrees of research, and different media and modes of conversation. As such, it presents very important insights for students, scholars, educators, and researchers excited by verbal exchange around the complete diversity of contexts, media, and modes.

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Karen Lee Ashcraft’s chapter is the first of three devoted explicitly to organizations. She combines a review of theories of feminist organizing with an analysis of the communication practices in one feminist community. The important lessons of her study include the paradoxes and difficulties of putting ideas into practice—especially the difficulty of building a viable organization, with simultaneous commitments to community and to individual empowerment. Lori Gossett and Phillip Tompkins analyze the establishment of workplace communities as means of management control.

Although some see community entering a new age of access, growth, and vitality, many others see it withering away. Communication, too, can be this, that, and the other thing. Communication is conceived as the necessary symbolic base of community, and, in the form of mass-produced entertainment as the number one distraction from community. Communication can be understanding, empathy, and relation; it can also be propaganda, ideology, and manipulation. Communication can be the very model of democracy, or the very method of its subversion.

This necessarily has a restricted scale. Aristotle’s communication-based political theory was explicitly a critique of Plato’s. In his raging search for order, Plato (427–347 BCE) proposed to replace the autonomous practical rationality (praxis) of freely associated citizens with governance by technical rationality (techne). In proposing such, he reduced (at least in Aristotle’s opinion) the status of the governed to herd animals, who are manipulated by a shepherd-like ruling class that knows what images to display to the untutored masses (see Plato’s Statesman).

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