Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Errin Poston Ch. 2 & 3

The Foundations of Dialogue;Self, Other and Context in chapter 2 was very interesting. I noticed how people tend to use the words "I" and "me" so freely without realizing it's importance. Isenberg et. al, describes how "I" is more personal, introverted and desires meaningful interactions with others. While "me" is more extroverted/a people person and open with others.
In addition, the reading suggest that, "People who consistently speak badly about others often reveal their own negative self concept. Conversely, people who generally speak well of others may have a positive self-concept." (p 43) This statement is very true! Unfortunately, it took me a while to realize that unhappy people are very bitter and will do anything to bring you down to their level. Overall, I think when a person is happy with themselves, it shows in the way they interact with others.
Ch 3
In the reading, James Scott discussed hidden transcripts which are, " ...themes and arguments that are well known by members of oppressed group but kept out of the public eye for fear of reprisal from those in power." (p 69) Slave songs to day are also known as the blues and in my opinion gospel music. Another gospel hymn 'Pass Me Not' is also a popular hidden transcript that slaves also sung during their grueling experience. This relates to organizational communication because slaves were considered their own 'organization' so therefore their songs were translated as conversation not only with God, but with fellow slaves that understood the "hidden message."

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