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Comunication: the Paradigms of symmetry, antisymmetry anda asymmetry

Winfried Nöth


The paper examines how the process of communication is represented (a) in the etymology of the concept
of communication, (b) in everyday metaphors of communication, and (c) in 20th century theories and
models of communication. These reflect this paradox in three different scenarios: the paradigms of
symmetry, antisymmetry and asymmetry. The dead end into which communication theory is led by the
proponents of the latter paradigm is contrasted with some solutions offered by Charles S. Peirce’s
communication theory.


Communication, metaphors of communication, models of communication, symmetry, antisymmetry, conjunction, disjunction, noise, black box, Peirce

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v5i1p85-107

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