"Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something."
Communication is exchange of information between objects, and includes both technical topics like telecommunication and societal issues like mass media. We can treat communication like a language and a subject unto itself, or as the name of a field of study.
"Communication" implies two different, and sometimes conflicting, things. On the one hand, it means to have a thoughtful exchange of views (dialogue) with a small number of people, perhaps just one. But it can also mean to distribute broadly a simple message, without deep thought or appeals for feedback. The Latin root word comunicare means "to make common."
Communication as a field of study is relatively new. Arguably, it includes journalism, public relations and media studies. In more technical senses; telegraphy, telephone, computer network, psychology and linguistics.
Sist redigert: LS 12.02.16