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Information in Communication Science
Information in communication science

What is information? We routinely say that one book is more informative than another, that one medium is a better source of information, that a meeting was uninformative. We get our living in an information age by doing information work. We buy, sell, conceal, and reveal information, and we seek information to reduce our uncertainty. Information is central to an understanding of human communication.

Communication scientists and scholars sometimes use the word information in a broad way, relying on the general sense of the word to convey their meaning. A student or reader may be expected to understand ideas such as an “informative speech,” “information resources,” and “information gatherers” without the need of a precise conceptual definition. However, when ...

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