Week of October 11, 2021

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Music comes in many genres, cultures and can be tailored to every demographic around the world. Not unlike other communication mediums, music can be used to tell stories, express emotions, and even depict historical events. Throughout recorded human history we have been using technology to create music, and have even discovered flutes aged over 7,000 years old. The most interesting thing to me is how music can pierce language and intelligence barriers. For example, we can listen to the music produced by tribes in undeveloped parts of the world and still have a mutual sense of feeling and emotion. Furthermore, it has been studied and proven that third-trimester babies in the womb can hear musical tones and will even react accordingly! A perfect example of how a developed human intelligence is not a requirement to enjoy musical transmission.

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Week of September 27, 2021

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Harold Innis’ space/time bias theories are fascinating. We can see evidence of this occurring both in Canada and around the globe. Interestingly the growth of the internet has made this even more evident. As technology progresses it is now fairly obvious that the internet is here to stay as a space-based media source.

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Week of September 13, 2020

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Transmission in the literal sense is passing something from location “A” to location “B”. In the context of communication, transmission is the key to success. Without transmission, we have no mass media, and we don’t even have the country of Canada. In order for transmission to continue to occur we also need to have an understanding or be able to translate the meaning behind the information. This process is defined as S.M.R.R¹.

S: Sender or the source of the message
M: The content of such message (e.g. verbal, written, clothing, architecture)
R: The property receiving the message. This is influenced by various elements such as attitude, culture, social context, technology.
: The effect of the message. The is the byproduct of message delivery. In the context of selling a product, this would be the act of someone deciding to buy or not.

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Week of September 7, 2021

This page is a placeholder for discoveries and observations throughout my MEDI course in the September 2021 semester.

Communication

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Communication is a hard one to define. Not only is communication impossible to prevent, but it is also not exclusive to humanity. We see consistent communication throughout the animal kingdom as well, and if you have had a dog or domestic pet of some kind you would have personally experienced this. The difference with humans is we can think about ourselves communicating and consciously decide to alter our behaviour depending on our perception of various situations. Furthermore when you first think of communication, speaking or verbal comes to mind. Therefore deciding to not verbally communicate also transmits a perception from another person. The only guaranteed fact regarding communication is it takes another intelligent being on the other side to perceive this process.

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Kurtis Johnstone

Kurtis Johnstone

Hey, it’s Kurtis with a K! I am a Digital Media Studies (BA) student at Vancouver Island University. I grew up in Cobble Hill, British Columbia.