Conventions of Communication. What are the ways in which you communicate on-site? Do you mostly use electronic or face-to-face communication, or a combination of both? How do the conventions change depending on the format? What new vocabularies and conventions are you learning?
In 2020, communication is drastically changing right in front of our eyes.
Whether this be due to advances in technology or fears over spreading COVID-19, communication is not what it used to be. While working at my internship, I can’t help but realize how drastically different it could have been just a few years ago.
Face-to-face communication is still rather common, whether for general meetings or collaboration on projects. However, it only happens when it has to. Most communication happens through text and email. Even interviews for audio packages are either conducted via zoom or at a (social) distance. The idea of a face-to-face interview in someone’s office seems asinine, though just 9 or so short months ago, it would have been a common occurance.
When discussing language and communication, there is a stark difference between in-person speech and the digital world of email and text. I try to sound as proper and professional as possible in person, though it’s always a more laid-back tone. Once you get to know the people you work with, you get comfortable with them. You no longer have to stay on your toes about what you say or how you say it (so long as it’s appropriate for the workplace, that is).
However, when it comes to digital communication, it’s much easier to come across as much more professional than you might in person. You can swap out simple terms for big words you might not even know how to pronounce. You can go back and make sure everything is gramatically correct, and you can triple check to make sure your point gets across.
As for new vocabularies, there aren’t many thus far. Mostly, it’s just a regurgitation of lingo I’ve learned during my studies at Arkansas State. Most communication is about story ideas and how to go about them. In that limited sense, being as simplistic as possible is often the best approach. Over-complicating it with new terminologies would just muddy the waters and could distance the wanted product from reality.
As a communications major working in an industry built on communication, it’s obviously a huge factor. Though, somehow, it has also become something of an afterthought.
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