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ACT / Communication Model / Final

ACT / Communication Model / Final
April 17, 2013 nick howland

“The Model of Simplified Communication”


For my communication model in ACT, I wanted to create a model that universally symbolized communication. I wanted to utilize a minimal amount of elements but to use as many as was needed to convey the idea. The model that most closely resembles mine is the Emmert / Donaghy model in that it has multiple communicators (2 in this model). It is also similar to the Shannon / Weaver model because it also factors in the sender / receiver / noise aspects. Looking at the models we learned about in class and factoring in my own thoughts on the subject, I decided to focus on five main aspects: the sender, reciever, messages, noise, and channels. Unlike the two previously mentioned models, I combined the sender and the receiver as well as the message and the feedback and included multiple channels: a physical and a digital channel. There is also an opening within the model that allows for the “messages / feedback” to pass from one channel to another, which symbolizes how a message can actually pass from physical to digital means.

/ Definitions /

sender : the person or thing transmitting the message.

receiver : the person or thing collecting the message.

message : the information being passed from sender to receiver.

physical channel : the physical path the message takes during delivery.

digital channel : the digital path a message takes during delivery.

noise : anything that interferes with the transmitting of a message.