Adding a telecommunications minor or specialty

Adding a telecommunications minor or specialty

Before I applied to the CICS master’s program at Ball State, I had considered the telecommunication (TCOM)’s master’s program.  I ended up choosing the CICS program instead because it had a few unique advantages (less rigid admission process by being able to start in the spring, course flexibility, etc.).  Yet I still retained an interest in telecommunications, in terms of its digital storytelling and video production courses.  It would be mutually beneficial if there was a telecommunications minor or specialty…

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Information renaissance

Information renaissance

The invention of the Internet, especially leading to the virtual Internet of Things with the ubiquity of mobile electronic devices, is on par with the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440.  The Internet facilitated an information renaissance: a rebirth of information into the electronic domain, where information is communicated with greater speed and dynamism.  Just about any type of information (entertaining, scholarly, etc.), in any format (text, pictures, audio, or video) is now immediately available at…

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Plagiarism in the work of a scientist

Plagiarism in the work of a scientist

If all one did was virtually copy and paste (via computer) the work of other scientists or scholars as one’s own work, especially without citing the others’ work, then one does not engage one’s own critical thinking skills while conducting research, and one does not build credibility through responsibly highlighting the work of others.  Regardless of what academic discipline it would be exercised in, including communications, the scientific method is build on empiricism, especially that which is valid and reliable.  …

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Ball State CICS program in a national context

Ball State CICS program in a national context

Greetings.  Welcome to my blog Community Talk, which deals with issues in human communication. This is my first post on this blog, where I’ll discuss the M.S. degree in Information and Communication Sciences offered by Ball State University’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS), including in a national context. Before entering the CICS master’s program, I had been working in the nonprofit sector as a project manager and consultant, which had been rewarding as well as challenging.  One challenge…

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