Presentation Follow-up

It is interesting to see that all the different features of communication that we have studied in class relate to each other in one way or another. Being open to the openness of others deals with a person’s ability to “open up” themselves as well as being able to being open to opposing ways of thinking. For example, Jimmigarcia presents instances where Summer22 has shown a good level of openness with the class.  Summer22 was open about her “feelings” of being a leader. She expressed that her culture strives her to be a good leader and this is why she has strong feelings towards the subject. She also expressed how she is a passionate person, “I’m a pretty passionate person, so I know that I need to be cautious of not being too overpowering, my goal has always been to express my views but make sure that everyone else feels comfortable expressing their own views.” Summer22 willingness of sharing her way of being is an example of being open and practicing openness within the class. She was willing to express her personal character so that others can understand her.



The other side of being open to the openness of others can be seen in the class discussion with John Elder Robinson. In this discussion, students were being open to the struggles that John had in his life with Aspergers. Once the students were able to put themselves in Johns place, many contributed to the discussion by creating something new and discussing their own personal communication struggles that they have encountered. For example, “Getouttakingshous is open with his problem of mumbling during a speech therefore taking the “pep” out of his communication to others and how they in turn will receive the information” and Sunshine775 also shared how she has had difficulties comunicationg while being infront of a class due to “rambling” or saying anything that comes out of her mouth. The “sharing” of the communication difficulties was enabled by the openness of the discussion.  These are also good examples of the topic of “Communication” by Bohm. In my writing (Gym411) on Bohm, I mentioned that “…if we are to live in complete peace, we must live in an environment where no one permanently holds to or otherwise defends his or her own ideas, rather we must be open to the positions of others.” This open environment took place in John’s discussion (according to Swabbies response to Openness).



But let’s not get the importance of being open to the openness of others to overshadow being assertive. Being assertive and open to others are both equally important. In Grant2u’s response he mentioned how Jaggerbunny would “fake” her emotion in her blogs to express a sense of enthusiasm, “Regarding my blog response, I have noticed that I have a tendency to want to please people by agreeing with them and complimenting. I use a lot of exclamation points, possibly an attempt to appear more enthusiastic then I really am. I also tend to focus on what I have in common with another person.” From this we can see how Jaggerbunny might have been trying to being open to others (by focusing on what she has in common with others, and her tendency to try to always seem enthusiastic), but she was missing the practice of an assertive behavior. Meaning that is ok to not seem to be happy all the time. One has to be confidant of the “real” emotion that one conveys. If Jaggerbunny carefully “listens” to what her classmates are saying and “nexts” accordingly then she does not have to worry about sounding enthusiastic, since she will be communicating successsfully (according to Bohm).


Poor listening can affect a communication encounter, (No matter how “open” one is). One can be open with others but will always respond to the encounter from an outsider point of view since we never successfully listen. Being open might make us understand a situation, but since we are not listening we are unable to successfully “next”. All the factors of communication (nexting, self-disclosure, listening, balancing tensions/frustrations, being open to others…) have to in someway work together in order to have a full successful communication encounter. But of course, in “real life”, many of us are not even aware of these factors, so if we can at least practice a couple at a time then we should be in our way of having a more peacful society.

Team Project #2 URL:

Team Project #4 URL:



4 Responses to “Presentation Follow-up”

  1. Team Follow Up (NOT FINAL) « Gym411’s Weblog Says:

    […] Gym411’s Weblog Just another weblog « Presentation Follow-up […]

  2. spiceynoodlesoup Says:

    The scope of the two teams projects was pretty big. Team two focused on “openness” in IPC, what it means to self-disclosure and how it can promote “nexting.” Team four focused a variety of topics including identity-construction/negotiation, self-disclosure, and basic tension of dialogue. A team two member wrote about how the “open” quality of Summer22’s blogposts drew them in, “While reading what she wrote I was seeing openness being used as a tool to express her own reflections” and “as a way to raise her IPC.” Summer22’s blogposts and interactions with other classmates illustrated how openess can encourage nexting. The group ties the tension of dialogue to openness by comparing openness to being able to surrender to or experience the otherness of the other. Team two’s project made me feel that the notion of “openness” is uniquely related to self-disclosure. Team four’s project started with a lot of focus of self-disclosure. “Self-disclosure enables you and other people to get to know each other.”(David Johnson, “Being Open With and to Other People) An example of this, noted by team 4 , was when we had to introduce (self-disclose a slice of our selves) ourselves by leaving a comment to Steph’s first lecture. The author reflected on how he/her disclosed to the class how English was not his/her first language, “I was taking the risk to reveal my weakness in hoping that will help me to have strong relationship with my classmates.” The two projects highlight aspects of John Stewarts theory of communication as a continuous, complex, collaborative process of verbal and non-verbal meaning-making through which we construct the worlds of meaning we inhabit. One world of meaning I have been collaboratively constructing over the past weeks has been our cyber classroom which reached a culmination with the group project. The teams collaboratively analyzed all the work we have been doing continuously(some class material was even taken from Steph’s previous classes) as a class over the past few weeks to create a team project.

  3. Team Follow Up « Gym411’s Weblog Says:

    […]  (by Gym411) […]

  4. TheCakeIsALie Says:

    Having taken a class with Professor Cronen, I must say that I’m biased towards his opinion. I remember learning about speech acts and conversational triplets and all of that. Gym411 says “Poor listening can affect a communication encounter, (No matter how “open” one is). One can be open with others but will always respond to the encounter from an outsider point of view since we never successfully listen.” This is a very good description of a part of an episode. The episode can either succeed or fail, depending on how well the parties involved listen to each other and take into account each other’s wants/needs/feelings (aka nexting). Saboy also talks about a good episode (or nexting) and “how it can create an opportunity to have a real “fierce” conversation.” Not in the sense that either side is brutally passionate over something, but that the conversation will mean something and won’t just be platitudes. President Makalele goes into a good example of life scripts, by saying “Team 4 also wrote how one of their team members would bring out her concern regarding the project and the end result was that the team kicked into gear and started addressing those expressed concerns.” The team was waiting for the cue to work, and wasn’t getting it in the form that we were used to. We expected a “Do this at this time” from the professor, but when we didn’t get it, we sort of floundered. Once we got it from inside the team, we took off like a bat out of hell. Memphisburns pointed out a good example of the cultural aspect to speaking (or in our case typing) “In efforts to curtail any future frustration or confusion on everyone’s part, Ooloveshoo disclosed information about herself to elicit understanding from the rest of us.” He was talking about how ooloveshoo told us that English was a secondary language in an effort to help us understand some errors that may have come forward in the future. In type, there is no way to judge someone other than their grammar and spelling; and for someone who isn’t fully fluent in English, never mind typing it, they might be viewed as a half-wit or less intellectual, but knowing her background demolishes any thoughts of that.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: