Theresa Catharina de Gůes Campos

 
COMMUNICATIONS AND ALL OF US

Considering the fact we are all somehow communicating, it does matter to know exactly how we do, individually and collectively. What are the effects and consequences, which techniques and technology improvements benefit us, make people more effective and convincing, thus promoting the ability to communicate?

This article is for everyone, wherever you are, whatever you do, all ages and professions. We need to focus on contemporary problems and solutions, of interest not only to the professional communicators but to people in all walks of life. We must offer suggestions and guidance to the readers, while we learn together about communications in the past, present and future trends. Students and teachers, home makers and career people, employees and managers are going to benefit from knowing more on the subject. It helps a lot, when we understand the theory and practice of interpersonal communication, thus having access to answers for problems we encounter in our everyday life. Relevant historical information should be discussed widely too, as well as special events and research findings.

I have been a freelancer journalist and communications teacher (with two published books on the subject) for some years. My goal is to share with readers this extensive experience while welcoming letters with particular requests and feedback to ensure their continued interest. Practical advice will be given through my writings in order to provide answers to common problems. We all need a communications advisor, though only a few can afford to hire one on a full time basis. Letís make space to get together just to think and to exchange ideas, since everyone can use professional expertise to improve oneís personal and business life.

Family problems do affect work performance and most of them derive from lack of communication. Failure to convey ideas and feelings leads to marriage breakdowns, creates generation gaps. Well trained and qualified people encounter difficulties in their jobs simply because they donít know how to communicate.

Despite all the progress in the field of social and mass communications, the rate of suicides shows an alarming, steady increase all over the world; and the age of those who kill themselves is getting lower. Loneliness causes even children to be desperate and so much anguished they end up killing themselves. Authorities and concerned citizens try to convey their rehabilitation message across to delinquents. The same is true of the many groups/organizations reaching for people with specific problems such as alcoholics and other drug addicts.

Letís put an end to the common misconception that we are dealing with a very complex matter, whenever we hear or read about communication. It is an awareness of easily understood, basic principles. Letís leave the complexities of technology in the good hands of professional engineers, computer analysts, scientists and researchers. Nevertheless we are grateful for their contributions through research and hard work. Our scope is limited to topics which will be of interest to a broad range of people.

From communications today, we should intend to look into History; knowing how others succeeded before us, surely helps to create a better understanding of contemporary problems, which are to be put in the right perspective. Learning about the historical development of communications, through the ages, will give a total picture of mankindís progress, along with the highlights of success made possible by the personal achievements of inventors like Gutenberg, Alexander Bell and Mergenthaler.

Theresa Catharina de Gůes Campos
Toronto - Ontario, Canada (August, 1971)
 

Jornalismo com ťtica e solidariedade.