Episode 1: What is Communication?

For our inaugural episode, we address the “simple” question: What is communication? Join us for a discussion about the various conceptualizations of the term communication and how it might best be used!

If you have additional questions or comments you can get involved here on our website, email us at questions@communicationpodcast.com, or find us on Twitter @commpodcast. All episodes of the podcast can be found at anchor.fm/communicationpodcast or anywhere you find podcasts. If you’d like to learn more about any of the scholars we’ve talked about today, we’ve made show notes available on our website with some suggested further reading. Music for today’s episode was created by Blue Dot Sessions.

Additional Reading

Berger, P., & Luckmann, T. (1966). The Social Construction of Reality. New York, NY: Anchor Books.

Burke, K. (1969). A rhetoric of motives. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Cooley, C. (1922). Human Nature and the Social Order. New York, NY: Charles Scribners’ Sons.

Dance, F. (1970). The “concept” of communication. Journal of Communication, 20, 201–210.

Goffman, E. (1956). The Presentation of Self in Everday Life.  New York, NY: Anchor Books.

Peters, J. (2001). Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

Sartre, J. (1943). Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology (H. Barnes, Trans.). Paris, FR: Éditions Gallimard.

Shannon, C., & Weaver, W. (1971). The Mathematical Theory of Communication. Champaign, IL: The University of Illinois Press.

Watzlawick, P., Beavin, J., & Jackson, D. (2011). Pragmatics of Human Communication: A study of interactional patterns, pathologies and paradoxes. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.

Weick, K. (1979). The Social Psychology of Organizing. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

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