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Never be the same again

I definitely don’t look the same way as I did when I was born. Do you? Now, if you’re going to point out that you have a baby face (oh, please), that still doesn’t mean that your face is exactly like the one in those of your fancy baby albums. We have changed in the way we look, dress, think, and most of all, speak. Our way of communicating interpersonally has totally changed.

As toddlers, we are expected to follow, obey, and believe everything said by our parents. There is only one-way communication. As we age and learn from our kindergarten, grade school, and high school, we generate new ideas that may be in line or contrary from what we hear at home. These new ideas make us interact, reason out, or comment to our parents’ own thinking. We can say that we like the way our hair is braided or we can also say that they are being too strict or too traditional. Yes we can say what is on our mind but we can only do so much about their way of handling us. However, as we continue to grow, we yearn not only to listen, agree, or rant but to also actually contribute to the creation of thoughts and managing inside our homes. For example, we can now contest the notion that “parents know the right path for they’ve been through all that before” and give reason like “you (parents) now don’t because you’ve been through a different generation from what exists today.” I am not pointing that parents have outdated notions. It is just that these notions have to go with the changes that happen. Just like the communication that evolves as the society changes and as we, humans, age.

Communication itself has evolved since time immemorial. The simplest way to describe Communication Evolution is through the acronym B.I.S.

  • Broadcast
  • Interactive
  • Social Media

In the time of Broadcast Communication, senders give messages to the audience. Audience, who are regarded as passive, are expected to accept and believe whatever message is given to them. However, some people out of the passive audience are becoming responsive to the messages broadcasted by the senders. Thus, Interactive Communication takes place in which people can now voice out their opinions in sections or areas provided by the message senders like comment sections and forums. Still, people strive to become co-creators of messages and not just passive listeners and comment suppliers. This resulted in the rise of Social Media which gave a somehow equal opportunity for all, especially to the audience, to create and generate ideas and have those known by other people as well. People now can post blogs, podcasts, add into wikis, and so many more.

Change as inevitable is one of the clichés that we always hear. Many things around us are not or do not look the same way they did years ago. With all the changes that surround us today, we do not have to look so far away to have a glimpse of some of the best illustrations of change. You can look at a mirror and see how you have transformed. You can also talk, read, and blog. And communication evolution goes on.

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  1. the delinquent kid
    July 3, 2009 at 3:42 am

    I used to interact even when i was a toddler. And yes, change is inevitable.

    • Dominique Anne
      July 4, 2009 at 1:03 am

      Well, that’s very good. Your communication evolved faster than I thought .

  2. July 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Great post!

    • Dominique Anne
      January 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks!

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