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- Publisher: Taos Institute Publications; New and Revised edition (July 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 24, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M3JSVD4
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U&ME: Communicating in Moments that Matter New and Revised Edition, Kindle Edition
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What I would add to my remarks on the jacket is that something important about communication is missing from U&Me. It is the dark and dystopian vision that has dominated John’s discipline over the course of his career: Communication, putatively, lies at the center of human relationships. It creates an inescapable bind, something one cannot not engage in, together with an unstoppable tendency to be damaging if not pathological. This vision is different from the more sanguine claim that poor communication can have adverse effects; it is that ordinary communication patterns are prone to inescapable defects. Sometimes, the consequences are relatively minor; at other times, they are severe and extend to mental illness, even psychosis.
So long as scholars such as John hold this position, I wonder how they are able to overlook the ominous aspects of communication and its inevitable dangers. Perhaps in his next work, John will acknowledge fully the precarious connection between persons and communication, and expand his concept of moments that matter to include opportunities for resolving or extricating from pathological or destructive communication patterns, or at least minimizing the harm.
Paul R. Falzer
This "New Revised" edition of U&ME provides an additional schema for the study and practice of interpersonal communication; namely, analytic and holistic viewpoints, and the differences between impersonal and personal. These flow from the "Big Question," "What does it mean today, to be a human being?"
Whether expert of novice in the study of Interpersonal Communication, U&ME (New and Revised) presents a fresh and laudable dive into the one variable which ultimately determines the quality of our lives--Interpersonal Communication. This New and Revised edition by one of the beacons of interpersonal scholarship, John Stewart, can help anyone understand the difference between an I-IT and an I-THOU platform of life, and the radical and salutary consequences of learning to live with balance between then.
This volume will satisfy the reader's need for both the theoretical, as well as, a friendly and readable recodification of notions in the pragmatics of communication. The situations to which the author applies his new nomenclature are all within common experience and the communication challenges of quality relationships. This new edition, extends some applications and presents a different starting point from the previous edition.
In Chapter 8, the frequent need to discuss politics is discussed with helpful guidelines to make them rewarding for all participants. Chapter 9 now includes a discussion of the import of multiculturality in our analytic and holistic contemplations and interactions. It might be well for all readers to start with this passionate Chapter and its humble, but powerful "four steps".
There are new models and structures presented in the New and Revised edition of U&ME. The reader will feel in contact with the author throughout their reading (especially in Chapter 2). The short transcripts of dialogues can be helpful small group discussion texts. Chapters 5 through 10 deal with different contexts: from heartbreaks to cell phones, from neuroscience to "microagressions. These topics make U&ME of contemporary interest and of considerable guidance and benefit.
The New and Revised edition earns a renewed 'bravo' in terms of freshness, solidity, seriousness of purpose and therapeutic (small "t") potential for those who agree (or come to agree) with the author, that "Nothing is more critical in our lives...than how we communicate."
U&ME belongs in every personal and professional library (perhaps atop the stack awaiting attention). The new edition remains transfused with Buberian dialogic premises. Pages 30-31 are a delicious discussion of the quality of communication which Martin Buber said, "cleaved to my heart."
There are no lack of critical warnings today about the impersonalizing impact technologies are having on us and our societies.
Here in the New and Revised edition of U&ME is powerful help for those trying to arm themselves against impersonality. That is the author's "Challenge".
*George Diestel is Emeritus Professor of Communication and Humanities at California State University, Fresno.