Journalism & Communication
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SOCIAL INFORMATION PROCESSING THEORY Introduction Communication is an important human process. Communication involves the interactive change of information between two people (Humphrey, 2001). The relevance and need for communication among human beings even increases with the fact that human beings are social creatures who survive greatly through the kind of interactions they have around them.


Many different theories of communication have also sprung up to make the subject of communication more academic and easier to study and understand. One of these theories, which also transcends into a form of communication is the social information processing theory proposed by Joseph Walther in 1992 (Hissam and Daniel, 2009). In this essay, there is a critical analysis of the theory in terms of how online communication relationships may be established, the differences that exists between computer mediated communication, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of computer mediate communication. Online Communication Relationship One of the fundamental aspects of the social information processing theory is the use of online communication. Indeed, the advancement of technology has made online communication a very common phenomenon of late. Through devices such as smart phones, laptops, desktop computers and tablet computers, people use the internet to interact with one another. A unique feature of online communication is the kind of relationship that is established between two people communicating. ...
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