Thursday, 10 January 2019

What is Communication?

Introduction: Communication in the world we live in is not only necessary but vital. A world where communication does not exist will be bereft of progress and development. Communication there fore is essential for all spheres of life.

As such, communication from inception has been spawned by different individuals. With the use of different mediums as its means. In this article, we are going to study and come to terms with the different mediums of communication as well as it's benefit.

What Communication is: Communication has to do with interaction, the exchange of information, knowledge or ideas for the sole purpose of understanding and development. Communication is inevitable.

If one wishes to be understood, one has to communicate. One can imagine how the world must have been when there was no communication, when it was filled with nothingness. The Holy book describes the earth to be devoid of anything at the time. Light, animals and plants came to be with the use of communication.

Effective communication: Communication can never be effective without the presence of these three factors.
The sender
The message
The receiver.

The sender: The sender is the originator of the message. Outside the place of a sender, then they would be no message and we can't in turn state that communication took place. What this verifies is that these factors cannot function without the other. None is dispensable.

The message: This is the communication body itself. The body of the message. It can be in words or in action.
The Channel: This is the medium used for communication. The passage or means the communication has been used to pass across. It could be radio, television or even traditional modes of communication.

The Receiver: This is the persona the message was meant for. The receiver can as well be called the encoder of the message.
Mediums of communication

Television as a medium of communication: Television as a medium of communication can send messages to its audience simultaneously. This means that it can communicate to large audiences at a time.

Radio as a medium of communication: Radio shares similarities with television as it has to do with communication in the sense that both media sends messages to the masses simultaneously. While television engages the organ of sight, radio doesn't. The benefit of radio as a form of communication is it's portability. It can be carried about. It is more affordable than television.

Importance of Communication: Communication is very important. Communication makes it easy for action as well as inactions to take place. Communication propels positive change and development.
Communication can foster development in the society:

What this means is that through communication, a society which was been left behind in terms of development. Indidviduals relaying messages to the government who in turn gives relevant feedback.

Communication can reduce conflict and stop impending wars: Through proper communication, wars and conflict, be it intrapersonal or interpersonal can be brought to a halt. Man cannot survive without communication. So, through communication, misunderstanding that could possibly breed war can be stopped.

Communication through the media creates awareness: Awareness can as well be created through the use of both African traditional system of communication and the modern system.

Conclusion: Communication is dynamic and all round. Communication has proven to be very useful in the society and world at large. Communication can make, communication can Mar. It all depends on how we communicate and the different languages and channels we use.

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