Communication as a Social Process
Director, Department of Journalism and Communication, Hanover University, Germany
- *Corresponding Author:
- Helmut Scherer
Director, Department of Journalism and Communication
Hanover University, Germany
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Received Date: July 31, 2012; Accepted Date: July 31, 2012; Published Date: August 01, 2012
Citation: Scherer H (2012) Communication as a Social Process. J Mass Commun Journalism 2:e125. doi:10.4172/2165-7912.1000e125
Copyright: © 2012 Scherer H. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
At first glance, the title of this essay seems to be more than just a little bit tautological. Obviously, communication is a social process that needs at least one agent, usually called communicator, who acts with regard to another agent, the recipient. In the Encyclopedia Britannica on the internet communication is described as a social behavior and defined as “the exchange of meanings between individuals through a
common system of symbols”. The word communication is derived from the latin verb communicare which means to share things or to make things common. All of this makes totally clear that communication is a social process. My argument is, indeed, that we all know this, but tend to ignore this fact in our daily routines as researchers and scholars.