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Reaction Papers: First day of class
Journalism & Communication
Pages 28 (7028 words)
The first day of class is something we all have experienced. From grade school, through high school and right into college, the first day of class is a mixture of fear, excitement and anticipation. In college, the excitement and anticipation can quickly change to dread when a linear form of communication is utilized by the professor.
In this model of communication, all of the information is flowing from one source to another. There is no feedback from the receiver. Linear communication is characterized by a one, way flow of information from sender to receiver. It is as if you are receiving e-mail messages but you do not have a reply button. Anyone that has been on the receiving end of this model of communication usually comes away unsatisfied. I often lose interest in the lecture if there is no opportunity for interaction with the professor or the source of the information. I find that my attention begins to wander and that taking in information becomes difficult. This is probably why linear communication is not a great model for giving lots of information to people if you expect them to actually remember the information. Without interaction, people lose interest in the communication. I find this to be true even when I am interested in the topic of the communication. If the lecture is great, it will hold my attention longer, but in the end I will regret not having the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback. The next scenario involves fast food, something I do not have much experience with, but is a big part of our society. I’m hungry, so I pull into the drive-through at McDonalds. ...
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