Introduction to the World of Communication

(Revised First Edition)
Edited by Tammy Vigil
©2013, 376 pages

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    Introduction to the World of Communication gives students a strong introductory foundation in communication skills. Many texts in the field focus on either fundamentals of communication or mass communication. This anthology addresses both and provides useful information about careers in the field.

    The book begins with an overview of the fundamentals of communication, moves into the history and development of communication media, and concludes with a survey of dominant communications professions.

    Topics include:
    • Language
    • Nonverbal Communication
    • Law and Ethics
    • Mass Communication
    • Emerging Technology
    • Interpersonal Communication
    Each chapter has tear-out reading questions that aid in evaluating progress with and completion of the readings as well as in preparing for exams. The discussion questions encourage dynamic classroom interaction.

    Introduction to the World of Communication can be used in Introduction to Human Communication courses, as well as Introduction to Mass Communication, and Introduction to Communication Studies.

    Tammy R. Vigil earned her doctorate from the University of Kansas in 2000. She is currently a professor in the College of Communication at Boston University. Dr. Vigil has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Communication Theory, Research Methods, Contemporary Mass Communication, Argumentation and Oral Presentation. She currently teaches the large introductory class for undergraduates at the College of Communication and a teaching techniques course for graduate students. Her research interests include political communication, media effects, rhetoric, and popular culture. Dr. Vigil is a co-author of the book The Third Agenda in U.S. Presidential Debates.
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    This text offers a broad and thoughtful view of the discipline through the voices of its distinguished scholars. In my opinion, it represents the ideal combination of human communication and mass communication.
    —Margaret H. DeFleur, Ph.D., Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University