ERIC Number: ED190125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May-17
Reference Count: 0
The Channel Establishment Problem.
Seabrook, Richard H. C.
Understanding of the communications process centers generally around the conduct of the process rather than the content, and particularly the establishment of communication channels. The communications model has three generally agreed upon components: source, channel, and destination. Destination may include questions about the nature of things, their theories, speculations and opinions, exhibits and data, experimental results, models, and interpretations. Sources provide the information required to respond to these questions. Once destination and sources are identified, it is necessary to connect them with one or more appropriate communication channels. The probability of successful establishment of a channel is the composite product of: (1) the probability that a destination asks the right question; (2) the probability that the destination selects the right channel; (3) the probability that the source selects the right channel; and (4) the probability that the source provides the right information. The usefulness of this notion needs further investigation to determine its value in reflecting what happens in the communications process or predicting what might occur. (RAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Channels
Note: Paper presented at the American Society for Information Science Mid-Year Meeting (Pittsburgh, PA, May 17, 1980).