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By Fred Emery, Merrelyn Emery (auth.)

Exploration of the character of human conversation and the media is a pre­ considered necessary to any evaluation of the most likely destiny position of communications . . we won't suppose that the character of these items is transparently seen to all people and hence ordinarily understood. 3 advancements in contemporary many years may still properly warn opposed to such an assumption. First, we had the fiasco of social scientists attempting to follow Shannon's mathematical thought of knowledge as though it have been a idea of human conversation. 'In Shannon's use of data we won't converse of ways a lot info someone has purely how a lot a message has. ' (Ackoff and Emery, 1972, p. 145). they wouldn't have wandered into that blind alley in the event that they had stopped to contemplate the character of human communique. moment used to be the belated yet wholehearted popularity of the Heider idea of stability and its subse­ quent wane. Its wane had not anything to do with its inherent advantages. It waned since it couldn't live on at the Procrustean mattress of the psychologists' conception of selection. It didn't happen to the psychologists to query their as­ sumptions approximately how humans made the alternatives that bring about practical com­ munication (Ackoff and Emery, 1972, p. 58). The final instance has been the sour and unended furore approximately McLuhan. This time the psychologists and sociologists haye been surprisingly quiet yet we will be able to confirm this doesn't suggest acquiescence in McLuhan's views.

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A higher degree of interpenetration starts to appear when the fate of each becomes a focal condition for the other. The more specific actions and intentions of each will then be referred to intent to harm or to benefit. A formal representation of the different levels and different standpoints implied by this process of mutual representation is given in the following diagram: Levels and aspects of interpersonal systems The objective Level (As it appears to the outside observer) The phenomenal level ~sitappearstothe participants) (a) the personal aspect ForA: ForB: (b) the others aspect ForAjB ForBjA In this mutual representation of one's own and of the other's orientation to the situation, we have the primary social fact - the point at which one can grasp the psychological nature of social relations.

By contrast television gives to things the reality of being immediately present but denies their openness to inspection and scrutiny. This aspect of television has been analyzed in a case study by the Langs (Kurt and Gladys E. Lang, The Unique Perspective of Television and its Effect: a pilot study, Amer. Sociol. , 1953, 18,3-12). They point to three sources of distortion that are characteristic of television as a medium: '1. e. the necessarily arbitrary sequence of the telecasting events and their structure in terms of foreground and background, which at the same time contains the choices on the part of the television personnel as to what is important; 2.

The formulation we have given of image forming as a directive correlation has some apparent difficulties. Ifthere were no existing memories, how could the process ever start in the human infant? For the reasons given we doubt whether it is conceivable that human beings start with a tabula rasa. Phylo- 30 A CHOICE OF FUTURES genetic adaptation almost certainly indicates that man starts with what Jung has termed 'archetypes' although until these have been matched with incoming experiential data they obviously can play no part in the patterning of sub-actions.

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