After reading your blog post entitled "Why is communication so difficult?", I thought about conversations I have had with friends before about this very topic. Mostly we talk about how it is difficult to communicate with people partly because of technology. For example, when someone emails or text messages you, you completely lose the proof of pathos, as we talked about in class today. You lose this because you aren't able to hear a tone of voice or see a person's body language when they convey a particular message to you. Also, what the person says can convey a different meaning to you than what they actually mean. Another reason why it is difficult to communicate is because a lot of people don't always say exactly what they mean. One reason why they do this is because they are so afraid that what they say will be misinterpreted or that what they are saying, whether they mean to offend or not, will not be considered "PC". I think this is because people think that they aren't entitled to their opinions and that words hurt. Honestly, if actions speak louder than words, how much can words really hurt?
Mediated communication is any communication requiring, dependent on or using any form of media. Examples are video, audio recordings, telephones, cell phones, text messaging, instant messaging, computer chat, computer video, smoke signals, flag signals or simply handwriting. With each media come advantages and disadvantages. For example on the phone you cannot see a persons face or gestures, so you are not getting the full message. Many times people misunderstand e-mail, text, or IM due to a lack of other tactile interaction or by not understanding the message without support.