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The Internet and a Theory of Meaning-Making for Communication Harmony.
China Media Research (2008)
  • Joan E Aitken, Park University
  • Leonard J Shedletsky, University of Southern Maine
Abstract

The authors argue for a theory of meaning-making through communication in order to achieve harmony. If one thinks of harmony as a balance of acceptance, this kind of accord is possible through understanding and nonjudgmental open-mindedness of the messages of another individual. Harmony does not necessarily mean agreement, but a type of synchronization of tolerance, belief, feelings, or values. An exploration of ideas about meaning is offered for theory-building. The various levels of meaning affect the way individuals make sense in communication. Using cultural and lnternet examples, the authors suggest an approach for improving communication harmony by adapting to others and using contextual cues.

Keywords
  • Chinese,
  • communication,
  • context,
  • intercultural,
  • communication,
  • Internet meaning,
  • meaning-making,
  • mediated communication,
  • PRC,
  • sense-making,
  • theory-building
Publication Date
2008
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http://www.chinamediaresearch.net/
Citation Information
Joan E Aitken and Leonard J Shedletsky. "The Internet and a Theory of Meaning-Making for Communication Harmony." China Media Research Vol. 4 Iss. 4 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/leonard_shedletsky/12/