In this journal entry, analyze group communications and indicate why it is important to maintain good group communications and some of the issues that can occur in group communications.
COMMUNICATION IS TRANSACTIONAL ,_ _ _,.1- Communication is transactional; that is, two or 111g_1;e»people exchange senderand receiver roles, and their messages aregdeperident on and influenced bythose of their partner(sl. This exchangeﬁin be immediate, as in a conversa—tion, or delayed as in the case ofa/52135 media messages or e- mail exchanges. We have looked eta—11611: major characteristics of communication. Let usnow turn our, ention to the prima1y reason to1 constructing communica-tive 111es’sages in the E11 st place: achieving satisfying relationships 1n which wecan accomplish 0111 personal and g1oup communication goals. WHAT 18 GROUP COMMUNICATION? Now that we have explored the nature of communication, let’s take a look atwhat group conmnmimtior-t means. Being a group means that people have interdependent relationships witheach other. It is these relationships that are the essence of being a group“—without the relationships, there is no group! Can people exchanging smalltalk in an airport terminal or fans cheering at a hockey game be considered agroup? While they may look like a group, these people don’t share a relation—ship—in other words, they are not sharing sustained, purposeful communi-cation with each other. M ETHICALLY SPEAKING Your Ethical Responsibility in theTransactional Communication Process When you engage others in communicationyou are not only attemptingto influence them in some way, you are also opening yourself to influenceby others. We are ail involved in the transactional process of communica-tion. Keep in mind that all parties to an interaction are responsible for itsoutcome and have a hand in whether or not individual and relational goalsare met. Whether you are talking with your significant other,a parentawork group in a class, or the audience ofa public speech, you shareresponsibility for the outcome of the interaction. The burden of responsi~bility is usually more or less equally distributed, depending on the com-munication situation. in some situations, like public speakingthe speakertends to assume most of the responsibility and is seen as the personattempting to influence the audience. But even in this apparently lopsidedsituation. the audience still retains a good deal of influenceThe audience’spower is most obvious when applause or catcalls interrupt a speech. W
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