I have a penchant for creating awfully weird titles. Yes, I’ve stated it in the previous post. And yes, I’m repeating it. Redundancy drives points home. Think of it as exercise of…okay, I was about to say creativity, but I guess that sounds real phony. Alright, just file it under the ‘Precky’s quirks’ folder.

Sir Barry, my ORCOM 152 professor, raised a couple of interesting points in his blog entry. See, according to an activity done a couple of Saturdays ago, it seems that the people in our class ranked the Internet as the most preferred communication channel, followed by television, print, mobile and radio. The communication channel we’re the most exposed to, on the other hand, appears to be the mobile phone (followed by television, internet, print and radio). His questions?

How come, seniors? Just when the world is starting to make use of mobile phones for just about everything from texting to watching TV shows, you drop it behind traditional print. I’m sure there’s a reason, right?

I have a cell phone. I mean, who doesn’t have a phone nowadays? Anyways, it’s one of the old models – it has colored display alright, but no MP3 capabilities and its camera has to be attached. I couldn’t even remember what’s the exact model number – it’s so phased out, it’s not listed in the Nokia site anymore (really, I’m expecting to see that phone model in a museum some time soon). Sure, I’ve dreamed of buying a new, snazzier phone – the type capable of high-res pictures and videos, can double as MP3 player, easy Internet capabilities, Bluetooth – but let’s face it, those types have price tags that bite (pardon the rhyming there). And that’s it. The new phones nowadays, the ones capable of doing almost everything that’s digital, have prohibitive prices. And even if my antique phone could surf the Internet, I think I’m saving my precious load for, say, texting my pals that I’m late for the meeting again.

Rolling on…

Seniors, whatever happened to the richest communication channel?

I’ve belatedly realized, like everyone else (I guess), that we completely forgot about face-to-face interaction.

Seriously, while we were doing that exercise, FtF never crossed my mind. Not even once. I was thinking of the gadgets, but not the most common communication channel ever. I guess face-to-face communication is so mundane, so ‘everyday’, so natural, that we have taken it for granted. I think it came from the fact that information comes from so many sources nowadays.

Then I got a thought. If we were so conditioned to perceive ‘communication’ as something that comes via technology, does that affect the way we perceive face-to-face communication too? For example, text messages and email. It’s reliant on words, therefore I’m focused on what’s written. There’s very little to pick up other than what the message states. When I talk with other people – which isn’t solely dependent on what is spoken, but also facial expressions, tone, body language, etc – is there a chance that I totally miss out these other signs, and completely focus on the words?

Okay, so that was a really weird thought, huh?