Wiio's Seven Communicative Laws

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« on: April 24, 2013, 06:21:45 pm »
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I may have been exposed to this in the past and it rang particularly true this time with a venue to pass it through. I tend to listen to many random lectures serials and I've rebegun another, which mentions these as an introduction. This one in particular will probably come up as it reflects communication, something Bakker researched heavily in writing PON and Kellhus dominates among Earwa.

This seems the piece most referenced: http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/wiio.html

Wiio's Seven [Humorous] Communicative Laws (the humorous aspect is supposedly attributed to Wiio):

1. Communication usually fails, except by accident.
1.1 - If communication can fail, it will.
1.2 - If communication cannot fail, it still most usually fails.
1.3 - If communication seems to succeed in the intended way, there’s a misunderstanding.
1.4 - If you are content with your message, communication certainly fails.
2. If a message can be interpreted in several ways, it will be interpreted in a manner that maximizes the damage.
3. There is always someone who knows better than you what you meant with your message.
4. The more we communicate, the worse communication succeeds.
4.1 - The more we communicate, the faster misunderstandings propagate.
5. In mass communication, the important thing is not how things are but how they seem to be.
6. The importance of a news item is inversely proportional to the square of the distance.
7. The more important the situation is, the more probably you forget an essential thing that you remembered a moment ago.

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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 06:21:50 pm »
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Second lecture highlights:

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Words are empty vessels.

Paul Watzlawick's Five Axioms of Interpersonal Communication:

Axiom 1 - One cannot not communicate.
Axiom 2 - Human beings communicate both digitally and analogically - digital codes represent by naming, "I am angry," and analogical codes represent by similarity: harsh, loud voice, red face, etc.
Axiom 3 - Communication has a content and relationship aspect, what is said (content) and how it's said (relationship, metacommunication).
Axiom 4 - The nature of a relationship depends on how both parties punctuate the communication sequence - parties punctuate communication when they want to reflect on an aspect of themselves.
Axiom 5 - All communication is either symmetrical (equal relationship) or complementary (unequal relationship).

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013, 06:21:56 pm »
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Third Lecture highlight:

Geert Hoffstede's Four (Five/Six) Dimensions of Culture[/u][/url]:

- Power Distance
- Individualism vs. Collectivism
- Masculinity vs. Femininity
- Uncertainty Avoidance
- Long-term vs. short-term orientation
- Indulgence vs. Restraint