Friday, May 23, 2008

Communication Explained (Part 3 of 5)

Communication Model

Channel: The channel is the chosen medium through which the encoded message is sent. It can be a room, airwaves, paper, stone, etc. Sometimes a combination of channels are used to transmit a message. Sometimes communication models will include "noise" or "interference" within the channel to represent degredation of the message. For example: A message is encoded for television broadcast. That broadcast then travels through the air into your television. The message then travels from your television into your ears. Each of these poses certain threats to the quality of the message when it is received.

I believe noise occurs at every stage of the model. Noise exists within the sender and the receiver as well as the encoding and decoding processes.

What channels do you use to share the gospel? What are some noise threats to the gospel in your context?

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