Take 2

Is There a “Hierarchy” of Communication?

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Interpersonal communication has changed drastically in recent decades. Many of us remember the days when we had a “party line” for our home telephone, corresponded exclusively by writing and mailing letters, and so forth. Today, with all the different means of communicating with each other, should we consider there to be a sort of “hierarchy” of importance attached to these different forms of correspondence? For example, if you call someone, that can give the impression that your interest in talking with them is more serious or urgent than if you send them an e-mail. And texting may be a way that you communicate with someone when it’s less urgent than calling, but still more important than e-mailing someone. How do you view this phenomenon? How do you approach these different forms of communication? Let’s talk about it on Tuesday.


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