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Introduction to Communication Theory:
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Chapter 1: Launching your study

What is a theory? What distinguishes a good theory from a bad theory?

A theory is a set of systematic informed hunches about the way things work. A good theory goes beyond accepted wisdom and offers explanations and speculations about phenomena. Additionally, a good theory consists of a system of concepts which means that the theorist were able to make connections among his ideas. A theory tends to shape our perception of reality and behaviour and guides us through unknown areas.

Images of theory: 1.) Theories as nets: Theories try to explain phenomena. 2.) Theories as lenses: our perception is shaped by the way we want to see things. Thus, we
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To be a good interpretive theory of communication, the interpretive theory also has to comply with five requirements. First, the theory has to provide more information about the causes why people do what they do. By examining interpersonal interaction, the theorist offers rules for interaction. Secondly, the theory explains what people value. In addition, the theory must be appealing by having a comprehensible content and including metaphors and so on. The theory also has to be appealing among other interpretive theorists who are experienced on the examined field of communication. The last requirement is that a good interpretive theory induces some kind of change in a society.

Chapter 5: Symbolic Interactionism
Theory Overview
Humans act toward people, things, and events on the basis of the meanings they assign to them. Once people define a situation as real, it has very real consequences. Without language there would be no thought, no sense of self, and no socializing presence of society within the individual. (Socio-cultural tradition)
Chapter Outline I. Introduction. A. George Herbert Mead was an influential philosophy professor at the University of Chicago, but he never published his ideas. B. After his death, his students published his teachings in Mind, Self, and Society. C. Mead's chief disciple, Herbert Blumer, further developed his theory. 1. Blumer coined the term symbolic interactionism, and claimed that communication
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