As this course draws closer to a close; one of the final blog questions posed was “What steps can I take to apply the information obtained, to my community, personal life, professional career, etc”
And although that question is not a hard one; it is one that makes you sit back and think about the application of it all. Naturally the premise behind deciding to go back to school and obtain my Master in Communications; had to do with wanting to embrace the change world of communications. That reasoning was not solely from a journalistic perspective, but as I became more engulfed in my profession career, I saw the need for an increase in dialogue amongst not only peers but those in management also. There seemed to be a lack of attentiveness, and understanding coupled with an increase in miscommunication and partial listening. Not to mention once you throw in more methods of how to communication with others; you lose some of the authenticity and true value in “What” is been communicated.
The following steps are going to be key in applying my learning to all of the avenues mentioned prior….
- Willingness & Openness to challenging my own “good” at times. As we grow up, we we are sometimes taught and believe that our way is the only right way; when in actuality parents should teach kids that “your way is not the only way”. Words have meaning, and it also subconsciously gives us the mentality that our methods and understanding supersedes that of others. Be secure in who you are; without the automatic rejection or undermining the goods of others. One must learn about the goods of self and others that we and others seek to protect and promote. We are not obligated to assist all people with the goods that they pursue, but we are obligated to acknowledge those goods within the framework of the Other (Arnett, Fritz, and Bell, 2009, p. 5) In essence, communication ethics takes on pragmatic currency; we must learn about other views of the good with recognition that, like it or not, multiple views of the good exit and contend for attention in the ongoing postmodern marketplace of ideas (p. 211).
- Being able to move past difference. It is clear in every aspect of life whether personal or professional, that you will ultimately disagree with another being at some point. And at times those conversations can become intense as both parties hold on to the goods they desire and deem are worth fighting for. However, it is essential that individuals look past simply their own goods, and address what the common goal may be. First, cease using ethics as a weapon; disagreement should not immediately move us into referring to an opponent as unethical. Second, embrace the necessity of learning as we meet diverse ethical positions contrary to our own with the assumption that learning does not necessarily mean agreement (p. 209). We have to be cognitive of the fact; that unfamiliar does not equate to wrong or unethical.
I think these two principles will be key to engaging and being agents of change in all aspects of our lives. America is steadily changing, and as the world in which we know changes, we have to change and grow with it. These two outlooks; being open to the good of others, and being able to move past difference; help push us towards change. They don’t work in isolation, but are necessary in conjunction to get us to the point we so desperately need to become effective contributing members of society.