On whether one can(not) not communicate: An examination via traditional communication postulates

@inproceedings{Motley1990OnWO,
  title={On whether one can(not) not communicate: An examination via traditional communication postulates},
  author={Michael T. Motley},
  year={1990}
}
Despite the popularity of the Watzlawick, Beavin, and Jackson (1967) axiom that one cannot not communicate, the position warrants reexamination in light of other popular claims about the nature of communication. This paper reviews four traditional communication postulates‐namely, that communication is interactive, involves encoding, involves the exchange of symbols, and has a fidelity dimension‐and finds each to be a contradiction of the popular axiom. The contradictions force a rejection of… CONTINUE READING

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