communication theory

noun
variants: or less commonly communications theory

Definition of communication theory

:a theory that deals with the technology of the transmission of information (as through the written word or a computer) between people, people and machines, or machines and machines
  • There is some sense of the impact of telecommunications and computerization (almost all writers have gone on-line with something by now after all), but few of these fictions seem shaped in any serious way by information or communication theory.
  • —Robert CooverThe New York Times Book Review18 Mar. 1984
  • Ms. Medsger said the three major trends that supervisors found most disturbing were the emphasis on faculty members with academic rather than journalistic experience, the elimination of journalism as a stand-alone major and the increased emphasis on communication theory at the expense of basic reporting and writing skills.
  • —Iver PetersonThe New York Times6 May 1996

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First Known Use of communication theory

1911


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