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  Sunday, June 6, 2004

Amy Gahran points to a treatise on miscommunication that makes good reading:
The Accidental Communicator. "Rule 1: Communication usually fails, except by accident." ñ Professor Osmo A. Wiio, famed Finnish researcher of human communication.

...If you're interested in communication theory, that quote is probably old hat. However, for those of you who haven't heard of Wiio's laws, check out this excellent commentary on them by Jukka "Yucca" Korpela.  [Contentious Weblog]

My favorite of Wiio's laws (or is it just the one that operates most frequently in my life?):

2. If a message can be interpreted in several ways, it will be interpreted in a manner that maximizes damages.

10:08:47 PM    Questions? Comments? Flames? []

"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."
 Hermann Hesse. [Quotes of the Day]

4:54:45 PM    Questions? Comments? Flames? []

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