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ERIC Number: ED056493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 58
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Words. People. Cities. Technology.
Binning, Dennis W.; And Others
Communication in the urban environment is complex. "Sometimes it's erroneous, sometimes it's shoddy, sometimes it just doesn't exist at all. And sometimes it exists all too much, refusing to go away..." It is clear that with increasing population and information, we need more effective communication among people. A need for better communication does not necessarily imply a need for better technology, however. The problems seem to lie in the messages and responses--we fail to communicate for many reasons. It would help improve our communicative abilities if we took an interdisciplinary approach to conceptualizing and resolving some of the problems, if communication were targeted toward the needs of individuals and not those of "communicators," and if we do not assume that better communication will solve all of our social, political, and economic problems. Further, since many communication problems have government at their root, administrators might consider helping people find out where to go, hiring ombudsmen as go-betweens in difficult communication situations, trying a little advertising, trying new ideas, and continually generating population consensus. (SH)
Interdisciplinary Communication Associates, Inc., 1353 28th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 ($4.95, student rate & multiple copies, $3.95)
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