Communication as ...: Perspectives on Theory
Gregory J. Shepherd, Jeffrey St. John
SAGE, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 276 pages
Communication As... is a collection of 27 essays by leading thinkers in the field of communication theory. Each author in the volume has chosen a particular stance on communication and forwarded it as a primary or essential way of viewing communication with decided benefits over other views. The chapters in the book are brief, argumentative, and forceful; together they explore the wide range of theorizing about communication, cutting across all lines of traditional divisions in the field.
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This book is a VERY hard read for anyone not used to the esoteric language. I highly recommend taking your time reading each chapter. Sadly, I did not have that opportunity. With each chapter being written by a different author from a new perspective, it causes you to have to research each idea and author to understand what they are prosing on about. Additionally, it feels as it vocabulary choices were made simply to sound academic and be difficult for the average reader. This tome is certainly not aimed at an average college student but rather to the highly educated, communication focused individual. Don't feel bad or stupid if you must have a dictionary nearby to define terms (beginning at the preface).
It certainly feels that it is not written to be understood or lauded as a life-changing or communication-changing book.
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