NCT ESSAY

The Analysis of Communication

 

The creation of Planet Earth was not an act or event deemed by chance however, an act of communication by natural forces and living elements growing, changing and responding to each other. Communication occurs in everyday life, commonly seen in human interaction. However, modern society fails to see the correlation between the science and creation of communication when visualising the world as modern man sees it today. The National Communication association, states that the essence of communication is through interaction. Communication is much more than this. It is the interaction between matter. Philosopher John Dewey once stated, “when communication occurs, events turn into objects” (Dewey 1929, pp.28). This statement basically means that the earth is an ongoing from of communication where ongoing event unfolding. Communication is arguably limitless when analysing the culture of communication between science, humans, animals and nature.   When arguing the limitations of communication, it is evident how human communication can fail.

 

The science of communication began when forces such as the magnetic field communicated with particles, drawing them into form Planet Earth (Thompson 1996).  Atoms are known as the smallest quantity of an element. They exist in everything living and nonliving. From atomic particles colliding and collaborating to form compounds, chemical communication occurs which creates different substances. For example, the substance water is made up of two atomic structures such as oxygen and hydrogen bonding to create an essential chemical compound that is vital for the existence of any creature. When the Earth communicated by atomic structures linking, the more complicated deoxyribonucleic acid also known as DNA was born. DNA is a chemical collaboration that was born from the communication of substances working together to produce another creature asexually or more commonly sexually, which involves two creatures communicating chemically to produce offspring.

 

Living organisms are the most studied and interesting mediums for communication as all animals are noted to communicate differently, particularly whales and birds. The study of these animals identifies that there is vast differences in the way that they communicate. Birds are animals that scientists have found challenging to study as they are seen to use little body language (Bartlett 2005). They are more verbal creatures, with signature humming sounds used for different purposes such as mating, calling their flock to alert them of nearby danger and also a territorial echo to warn other birds to not to cross their boundaries (Jacobs 1995 & Kumar 2003). These humming sounds enable trainers to analyse the creature to communicate with them on a deeper scale. Similarly whales can be trained by humans from analysing the communicating methods researched by leading scientists. Whales also communicate verbally, using song under water for similar purposes as a bird: seasonal mating, and calls of danger alerting other whales to receive the message and respond. One of the most controversial forms of communication comes from the killer whale also known as an orca. Orcas are extremely unpredictable and clever, playing with their prey before they consume it (Heaney 1999). The hunting methods of whales, have only been documented twice in history by scientists. A group of orcas gather together communicating by body language with their tails moving in certain directions and constant circling of their prey. Scientists find it difficult completely understand their communication method (Deecke 2005). However, one scientist documented a baby seal trapped on a floating layer of ice. For several minutes scientists witnessed the circling of orcas around piece of ice. The whales communicated to generate a whirlpool, breaking off pieces of ice to making the island increasingly smaller. The whales stoped for a while, when the dominant orca swam the opposite end of the ice and the other half dozen orcas swam further away by a few metres to gather in a horizontal line. The leader orca signalled with her blowhole to start hunting. The line of killer whales swam toward the ice creating a wave, pushing the seal into the leader’s mouth. This act of teamwork has fascinated scientists and has initiated more research on how animals can communicate on a deeper level as humans have the most complicated forms of communication.

 

Humans are the most complicated living organisms when it comes to communication, as humans are so versatile they can manage to send and receive messages with or without the need for face-to-face interaction. Face to face communication is the most common form of communication with body language, facial expression, tone and verbal communication being the predominant messaging signals.  The receiver picks up on these four forms of communication to interpret exactly what the sender may be trying to deliver (Purdy 2008). Humans are most complex, as they may verbally state something however; their body language and facial expression delivers other messages for the receiver to interpret otherwise. Furthermore, the increase in new media communication technologies has resulted in a decline of face-to-face interaction since the 1990s when dial-up became a leading force in modern communication (Curtis 2013). Relationships can survive years without any face-to-face communication through technologies such as e-mail, telephone and social media websites (Moules 2012). Modern society sees teenagers and younger audiences becoming addicted to communicating through these mediums. Leading psychologist see a trend where the youth spend less time communicating face to face and more time online. 

 

From analysing communication in science, animals and humans, it is evident that communication surrounds Earth and fuels development in all aspects of daily life. The limitations of communication are virtually unlimited in any context. With technology rapidly dominating lives, the boundaries may be pushed extensively where modern society may only communicate through technological mediums. The need for face-to-face interaction may not even be necessary. In a broad sense, this may even cause human communication failure as receivers only have one form of communication to interpret, which is text. This can often be misunderstood resulting in misinterpretation in the meaning and tone of the text. Other failures of communication occur when the tone, body language, facial expression and language don’t equally interpret the same message. For example, if a sender verbally expressed a positive message to a receiver and the tone of the voice appeared negative with the individual crossing their arms and rolling their eyes, the receiver would be confused and the message would become misinterpreted.  This is the issue that modern society faces with text. Individuals have to guess the tone of voice when interpreting the text.

 

It is clear that there are direct trends in communication between animals, nature, humans and science. Communication is everything.  It is the fuel that brings what is seen today to life. It promotes growth and development in scientific and technological aspects. The limitations of communication are endless however; if the boundaries are crossed too far it may be the subject of failure between human communications (Purdy 2008). The future of communication for modern man is unknown. Communication is seen to be constantly changing and evolving even in the English language. Historical documents in the English language may be the subject of misinterpretation due to the vast difference in language styles. In the future it is believed that the modern English language may be misunderstood due to the constant changes in communication. The research for communication in humans, animals, science and the Earth will never stop as communication is always changing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 (This Essay was Posted on the 19th Oct and didn’t submit properly) 

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