Essay On Communication In The 21st Century

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Communication in the 21st century.

Experts have claimed that communication has diminished over the 21st century, while others claim it has flourished with the introduction of new communication methods. This essay will argue with the latter that we as a collective of people have better means of communication than back in the 20th century and that it hasn’t diminished but more so flourished.

D.E McFarland, 2008, P.2 states the definition of communication as: “Communication may be broadly defined as the process of meaningful interaction among human beings. More specifically, it is the process by which meanings are perceived and understandings are reached among human beings.”
Meaning that communication cannot be diminished it can only change
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Communication is a vital part of relaying information and through these methods there are more ways than ever to relay this information. Where experts argue that communication has diminished; communication has never been easier or more accessible holding a long term relationship with a person on another continent. Whether these methods are through written posted letters, talking on the phone, Skype, text messaging or FaceTime; the stated methods of interaction have made communication easier than ever in the 21st century. They assist us in connecting to people that would have otherwise been impossible in the 20th century.

Rai and Rai state that “In the last four or five decades, the study of human communication has been refined and strengthened by contribution from a variety of disciplines. Definitions, descriptions of the process, and analyses of the elements of communication have been developed by many scholars.” (2008, p.1)

In this quote, Rai states that communication between humans has been “refined” and “strengthened”. Living in a world empowered by technology, there will always be infinite variables of communication through advanced research collated and explored by
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