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There can be no community without communication, and the nature of any community will be strongly influenced by the modes of communicative behavior found within it. … If communication is allowed to degenerate, we risk a … wide-ranging adverse effect.
In examining the role of communication, Chris Arthur (1989, pp. 10–12) argues that communication in a community is like the water supply to an ecology system. Its failure may lead to serious consequences, including distorted pictures of events and relationships, thereby altering perceptions, values, and behavior.
Although it cannot be emphasized too much that communication is fundamental to human society, looking from ...