Long Distance Communications and Collaborations

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On line or perhaps the better term is long distance communications and collaborations is effected by a myriad of problems, in this paper we have decided to concentrate of two major areas of concern they are; the difficulty in building personal relationships and the subsequent lost of person connection in a virtual environment and cultural barriers which could cause team members to not connect in the same environment.

In dealing with the first it could be speculated that one of the problems which we have in today’s visual and virtual world is that we have in many way lost our sense of closure. This is that we have lost our ability to fill in the small gaps in our perception. Simply put my may have forgotten what it is to dream and to use our imagination. Perhaps this has had an effect of our ability to communicate virtually. This mental picture has been expressed as the "inner landscape of our perceptions." (Samuels & Samuels, 1975)

There was a time in the not so distant past where people corresponded by mail. Our Parents and Grandparents wrote letters, it is interesting to go back a read these amazing works. Love was professed and plans were made via wonderfully written letters. It is also interesting to read letters between influential people in history. Lincoln wrote letters to his Son during the Civil War and also to his old law partner back in Springfield. There is a wonderful series of letter between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. It is possible that as the mediums for communications improved that our capacity to convey the written word greatly declined.

We live in a world where we allow others to see, perceive and perhaps most perilously we allow others to think for us. This type of closure in a cereb...

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...s what is most important is to understand that differences do exist. Members should remain conscience that what they say and hear may be misconstrued. In order to develop trust we need to understand that divergence cultures do perceive in a different way. In situations of long term relationships we can gain knowledge of these other cultures however in the short term the knowing that we are not all the same can suffice. Again it is all about trust.

Works Cited


(Samuels & Samuels, 1975)

Samuels, M., & Samuels, N. (1975). Seeing With the Mind's Eye. New York: Random House.

(Kosslyn, 1983)

Kosslyn, S. M. (1983). Ghosts in the Minds Machine: Creating & Using Images in the Brain. New York: W. W. Norton.


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