ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

This quarterly journal provides peer-reviewed articles on topics relating to general semantics.

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 1, Spring

A Media Literacy Course for Middle School Students
The map and territory analogy, and the theory of the abstracting process, have been applied to media messages by several writers over the years. S. I. Hayakawa, for example, discussed journalism and advertising in several articles and books. Earl...
E-Prime: Speaking Crisply
1. Introduction In the fall of 1969 the New York Society for General Semantics invited me to present a talk on E-Prime (English without any form of the verb to be). (1) Of course, it occurred to me that I should give it in E-Prime. In other...
Hofstra University Conference
General semantics could contribute to "Developing Sanity in Human Affairs" in many ways as we conclude this century and move into the next. That theme was the thread woven through the diverse presentations made at the Eleventh International Interdisciplinary...
I Will Fear No Audience: General Semantics Applied to a Communication Apprehensive Public Speaking Laboratory
Since 1970 research in communication apprehension (CA) has resulted in a great number of publications. McCroskey (1982) asserts CA is one of the most researched areas within the discipline. Although originally McCroskey (1970) viewed CA as a multi-based...
Natural Wonders
Although John Colter may have seen them in 1807 and mountain men, most notably Jim Bridger, had spun tall tales about them from the late 1820s, another forty years passed before the wonders of Yellowstone captured the attention that resulted in the...
Reclaiming Choice
As time passes, we tend to grow set in our ways. We develop habits of thinking and behaving that seem fixed. Sometimes we feel trapped, without alternatives, and many things seem hopelessly beyond our control. At such times, life appears very grim....
The Tyranny of Agreement: A Response to a Response
I say what I say. I do not say what I do not say. --Alfred Korzbyski I speak for myself. I sometimes speak to others about others. --Robert P. Pula All human knowledge is conditioned and limited, at present, by the properties of light and...
Will the Media Create a Global Village?
Decades ago, Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase global village. It has stuck. I have seen network news people refer to the global village, communication scholars, futurists, newspaper headlines, all casually drop the phrase, assuming that everyone...
Wording-Our-Way toward Altered States
Three linguistic themes or elements inform this narrative: virtual reality, philosophical Taoism, and altered states of awareness. The initial purpose of this symbolic experience is to enable us to become mindful of symbolic experience through exploring...