Academic journal article Journal of Community Positive Practices

Relationships and Communication Networks

Academic journal article Journal of Community Positive Practices

Relationships and Communication Networks

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Abstract: The main feature of the present situation regarding communication is the impregnation of the social with technology. Computer-mediated communication systems has led to the crystallization of a strong specific interactions. This article describes how human relationships constitues the ontological pillar of society and social relations form the axis irradiance of sociology. Overall, as social agents in social space, people come in a variety of social relationships. Thus, a distinct note of the article refers to the rapid development of information technology over the past decade, which has enhanced electronic communication between people.

Key-words: communication, social agents, technology, network, virtual space

1. Introduction - Communication creates relationships Social networks are also communications network. JR Taylor's thetic option, widely agreed by researchers, is "thesis that communication is the essential modality (...) of the constitution of organization and, more generally, of society" (Taylor J. R., 2000, p. 3). Relationship with the other is the base on which any communication develops. This can be subsumed to the input on different binary lines: submission-dominance, cooperation-competition, etc. Interaction in which communicative relationship develops produces primarily a communication that tends "to change the system of relationships" (Dâncu V.-S., 1999, p. 85). Staying right in terms of this perspective, communication, as shown by professor Laurentiu Soitu is defined as "setting a relationship" (Soitu L., 1997, p. 7).

Communicative situation creates primarily a communicational relationship. Specifically, communication generates a derived communicative relationship by which the reproduction of communication occurs. Secondly, infrastructures of communicational force are released: participants create and occupy at the same time places they deserve and which are capable of. "In general, as professor Ioan Dragan argues, the human relations (and not only them) are communicational interactions" (Dragan I., 2010, p. 728). Procedurally, communication gives thus a positioning of the actors one to each other, through the automatic construction of positions and roles. Once on a certain communicative relationship a communication is triggered and woven, it will reproduce inexorably the relationship and it will finalize and define roles, sites and communication positions for it.

The initial relationship implies a quality of the relationship between the interactants. From this perspective, it appears as partially preexistent to the communicational interaction. Communication is based on a relationship reproducing and modifying itself. The relationship is clearly evolutionary. When discussing an interpersonal relationship is taken into account that, as demonstrated by Professor Mihai Dinu (Dinu M., 2004, p. 106), it involves five phases: contact, involvement, intimacy, deterioration and collapse. The dynamic of the relationship is the engine of communication. Judging from this, we can say, slightly exaggerating, but no less true, that in communication the contents, messages are also excuses for the convictive or persuasive changing of the relationship by argumentation and expresses as influence. The relationship in self reproduction becomes a rule for the ones it connects. There are transient, perishable, poor relationships and fixed, clear, well defined relationships. If the first ones generate free, unlimited communication, unpredictable relationships, the last ones will lay the foundation of relatively predictable communications. The predictable, fixed relations, are the support of the situations named, as "sermon", "lesson", "meeting", etc. and they are questioning rather subsidiary the position, the place in communication. In contrast, the undefined relationships are structured in unnamed, unpredictable situations and where one of the main sides of the interaction is consumed in fixing the position, the place. …

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