Reading through the different articles, I became more aware of the complexities of media and the messages behind it and its meaning to learners.Â I chose to look deeper into the Core Concept #3 regarding how messages are interpreted by different people.Â This concept explains how one message can be created by someone, or a group of someones, with an intended meaning, but depending on who is reading/viewing the message, it can have different meanings.Â Gender, age, race, ethnicity, cultural background, education, personal background/experiences, etc. can all have an impact on how one interprets a message.
Personally, I have often noticed this when watching cartoons with my children.Â Some of the humour and subtle nuances have meaning to me, where my children don’t pick up on them at all.Â My age and experiences are letting me pick up other messages that my children, because theyÂ haven’t been exposed to certain topics, don’t even recognize.
Having a “target audience” and understanding their demographics is key to delivering a message that is less likely to be misinterpreted.
When creating my own digital material, I will be mindful to take into consideration the differences in culture, values, education, race, gender, etc. that may be present inÂ my audience, as well as understanding how these differences can lead to different interpretations ofÂ my message.
I came across this little cartoon.Â Thought I would share.Â I thought it demonstrated nicely how a simple message can be misconstrued…
Lewis, L.C. (2011). Miscommunication, the bane of social media! Or is it just me? Blog Post.Â Retrieved from: http://lindacassidylewis.com/2011/09/04/miscommunication-the-bane-of-social-media-or-is-it-just-me/