A First Look at Communication Theory, 8th Edition by Em Griffin

By Em Griffin

The main widely-used textbook for the communique concept direction, a primary examine conversation idea analyzes the key conversation theories at a degree that's applicable for either reduce- and upper-level classes. The theories represented within the textual content replicate a mixture of foundational and up to date scholarship and strike a stability of clinical and interpretive methods.

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6 Einstein practiced what he preached. His elegant formula (E 5 mc2) explains the relationships among energy, mass, time, and the speed of light using just three terms, and history credits him with more than a touch of genius. But relative simplicity doesn’t necessarily mean easy to understand. Trained physicists admit they’re still struggling to fully comprehend the theory of relativity. That theory is parsimonious not because it’s a no-brainer, but because it doesn’t carry the extraneous baggage rival theories carry as they try to explain why time stands still when you approach the speed of light.

When Marty creates scholarship, he isn’t trying to prove theory. However, he sometimes uses the work of rhetorical theorists like Kenneth Burke to inform his interpretation of the aural and visual texts of people’s lives. 16 OBJECTIVE OR INTERPRETIVE: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? Why is it important to grasp the differences between objective and interpretive scholarship? The first answer is because you can’t fully understand a theory if you aren’t familiar with its underlying assumptions about truth, human nature, the purpose of the theory, and its values.

Critical approach to theory: Stanley Deetz, “The Role of Communication Studies,” Democracy in an Age of Corporate Colonization, State University of New York, Albany, NY, 1992, pp. 65–90. Research methods: Lawrence R. Frey, Carl H. Botan, and Gary L. , Allyn and Bacon, Boston, MA, 2000. indd Page 24 12/01/11 8:06 AM user-f469 24 /Volumes/208/MHSF234/gri34307_disk1of1/0073534307/gri34307_pagefiles OVERVIEW Bridging science and interpretation: Charles Pavitt, “Answering Questions Requesting Scientific Explanations for Communication,” Communication Theory, Vol.

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