Abstract - The Information Society 30(1)


Dynamic Human Centered Communication Systems Theory

Annie Lang

This paper introduces Dynamic Human Centered Communication Systems Theory (DHCCST) defining communication as a complex dynamic system consisting of a human, a message, a medium and a location. An argument is made that all elements of the system should be defined from a human centric viewpoint. The paper reconceptualizes humans as evolved, embedded, embodied brains (EEEBs). Media are reconceptualized as brain like creatures (BLCs).  Communication is defined as the interaction of one or more EEEBs with other EEEBs or with BLCs. Medium of carriage and encoding system are reconceptualized along continua ranging from evolved to man-made. Examples of hypotheses arising from DHCCST are presented and some theories and effects are re-interpreted using this new perspective.


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