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What is meant by the principle: "communication is inevitable, irreversible and unrepeatable"? Explain what is meant by the principle: "communication is inevitable, irreversible and unrepeatable." Give...

What is meant by the principle: "communication is inevitable, irreversible and unrepeatable"?

Explain what is meant by the principle: "communication is inevitable, irreversible and unrepeatable." Give an example to illustrate your answer.

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Talking about miscommunication or misunderstanding might be helpful here.

The idea behind the quote, it seems to me, refers to an understanding of communication as a "transferrence of information". This information does not have to be true or accurate, but can be purely emotional, as many examples above have pointed out. 

But once the transferrence of information has occured, we can only correct a misunderstanding. We cannot undo it, just like we can't undo a thought. 

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Here is a perfect example of the principle mentioned: I wrote an answer to this some hours ago but, just as I was about to...

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iklan100 | Student

mwalter822 has given a very fine, detailed response above. id please like to 'say' (communicate) how i see it

(a) Inevitable-- We all communicate, and need to communicate/interact. But communication can be 'verbal' or 'non verbal', its not just restricted to spoken or written language/s and/or expression.

(b) Irreversible-- there is a saying here that ''Two things cannot be retrieved--the word once spoken and the arrow, once sped from the bow''! I guess that communication is like that, whether its in 'words' or gestures/actions/other forms. And like mwalter822, I also must say one rues and regrets many things, said and done.

(c) Unrepeatable-- I do not wholly agree agree with this contention, am sorry. I think in SOME cases, some forms of communication are unrepeatable; in other cases, we keep repeating things. Please, do think about this point.

Thanks.

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rosinha5 | Student

Communication is inevitable means your communicating without even realizing you are. Even with a blank stare someone somewhere is interpretting your thought as their own. Like the book says, there is no way you cannot NOT respond to someone, even by staying quiet that itself is an action and a response. An example is when you scream at someone and they say nothing back to you but you see their eyes water and start to cry. They didnt say anything back but their body language told you that they were hurt or sad.

Communication is irreversable means that once you say something, it can't be un-done. You can try to make it better or try to make them think something else of what you said but at the end of the day you still said it. Like people say think before you act. An example of this would be if someone told you your pregnant! and you really aren't, no matter how much they want to sugar coat what you said you basically told them that they gained weight. You already hurt their feelings and no matter what you say to try to fix it they will not forget this comment.

Communication is unrepeatable means that when something happens and you try to reinact a situation of how it happened, it won't come out the way it really happened, it maybe close but never exactly the same. An example of this is if you and your mom get into an arguement and your trying to show your friend how it happened, if she wasnt there in person she won't know exactly how it was.

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