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The Internet and a Theory of Meaning - Making for Communication Harmony
China Media Report Overseas (2010)
  • J E Aitken, Park University
  • Leonard J Shedletsky, University of Southern Maine

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 Internet examples, the authors suggest an approach for improving communication harmony by adapting to others and using contextual cues. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

  • internet,
  • mass media,
  • interpersonal communication,
  • cross cultural communication
Publication Date
July, 2010
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Citation Information
J E Aitken and Leonard J Shedletsky. "The Internet and a Theory of Meaning - Making for Communication Harmony" China Media Report Overseas Vol. 6 Iss. 3 (2010)
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