Checkpoint: Word Barriers

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CheckPoint: Word Barriers
Francis Felter
XCOM/200
8/10/2011
Debra, Bourdeau

According to Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others (2008), The first step to bridging differences between cultures is to find out what hampers effective communication (Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, 2008). Men and women in romantic relationships are no different when it comes to communicating with one another. XCOM/200’s Appendix B, Fictitious Online Chat Conversation (2011), is a conversation between Karen and Brian where differences culminate into communication barriers that can damage their relationship. There are many self-oriented communication barriers amongst many fallacies that can cause Karen and Brian to hurt their relationship.
Here is the conversation, the communication barriers presented, and a rephrasement: 1) 6:27pm
Karenblue852 says: where r u?????? u r always late. you were supposed 2 b here like 25 minutes ago!!!!!
The communication barrier in the starting sentence is static evaluation as Karen is labeling Brian without considering a change that Brian may have good reason to be late. Karen could have simply stated “I am here waiting Brian, is there a change in plans?”

2)6:41pm

bRiAn_sMoOtHe says:
HEY, WHAT’S UP? I’M HERE. BTW, I’M RUNNING LATE, I’LL BE THERE SOON, JUST ORDER ME A SANDWICH, I GOT HELD UP AT THE OFFICE
Lack of clarity and tone are communication barriers presented by Brian in this instance. Stating “I’m here…” might give Karen a slight false sense of hope that Brian was physically there. Another communication barrier presented by Brian is watching for tone while texting; capital letters while texting is universal for yelling. Brian could have texted, “Karen, I apologize for not calling you.” “I was given an extra work assignment and mismanaged my time, what do propose we do, I may be here a while longer.”

2) 6:42pm…...

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