This will strike some as too personal for including on a college blog. So be it. It deeply relates to one of our main topics: communication.
My cousin died in a car accident over the weekend. Your cousins may or may not be close to you. My family in many ways has never been close, but on the other hand I had no brothers and sisters, and my cousin was born within two hours of my own birth. He was the relative I was closest to growing up, though we lived an hour apart.
We’ve kept in touch mostly through third parties–my mom would hear from his mom, etc. I kept meaning to talk to him, but I kept thinking I’d spend some time with him at the next family reunion. Thanks to life challenges in both our lives, though, as well as the fact that no one in our family bothers to organize family reunions, that never happened.
I didn’t even find out he had been killed until yesterday, and the funeral in West Tennessee was this morning. Opportunity gone.
He has had a tough life. We could have helped each other. Coulda woulda shoulda helps nothing and no one.
Communication doesn’t just happen. It takes effort; it takes consciousness; it takes attention. Is there someone you need to talk with? Do it today.
You may think at first glance this post is about politics. It’s not. It’s about communication. It’s about how a garbled message leads to inaccurate results. It’s interesting to think about both the bailouts of the Bush administration and the Obama administration, as well as the cranking up of the Treasury printing presses, as noise in the channel.
John Stossel may make too much sense in his post “Government Sets Us Up for the Next Bust.” But it’s worth reading it all the way through.
Just for some basic background, here’s a post entitled “Does Government Spending Bring Prosperity?” Prof. Greaves may have written it in 1975, but its truths still hold today.
Marketing is all around us, and represents perhaps the most prevalent form of communication today. Within that context, Micro Persuasion: Guest Post: Leo Babauta on the Tao of Marketing sheds a useful light on its current realities.
This has struck me before: stress management seminars focus on what you don’t want. We learn in basic public speaking to focus on what you do want. In “Don’t fight stress. Promote peace,” Alexander Kjerulf lays out a more effective approach in very concrete terms.
This is on CBS News, but it involves a place right here in Tennessee, and the way they spin the story has interesting communication implications. Check out The Animal Odd Couple.
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OK, I really don’t have time to be doing this, but I cannot pass up the opportunity to post this link to a layman’s explanation of intergender communication that would likely fit perfectly within the excellent research of Deborah Tannen. I believe it is destined to become a classic.