Communication is the life’s blood of society. Without communication the social body withers and dies no matter how advanced the technology or symbology it uses. Without the ability to transfer information, the system fragments and people or groups become islands. While this communication is sometimes verbal; nuisance, context, and emotion play an important part. As an example, in the preceding sentences several different symbols were presented. Life’s blood, withers and dies, as well as becoming islands are all symbology that affects and enhances traditional verbal or written communication.
Communication is more than just exchanging symbols in the form of language (verbal and non-verbal). It is a matter of understanding not only the definition but also the context of what is being communicated. Without the correct framework to build the communication on, assumptions are made and there is to a greater or lesser degree a breakdown in the exchange. This is why it is important to understand what is being communicated to you, even if that requires asking.