Communication is "an apparent answer to the painful divisions between self and other, private and public, and inner thought and outer world." As this definition indicates, communication is difficult to define in a consistent manner, because in common use it refers to a very wide range of different behaviours involved in the propagation of information. John Peters argues the difficulty of defining communication emerges from the fact that communication is both a universal phenomenon and a specific discipline of institutional academic study. One definitional strategy involves limiting what can be included in the category of communication. By this logic, one possible definition of communication is the act of developing meaning among entities or groups through the use of sufficiently mutually understood signs, symbols, and semiotic conventions.

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Second Level Subjects

Newspapers, Newsreels
Audio, Visual
Public Opinion

Organizations relating to Communication

International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication / Paris, France / Est. 1958
Association for the Promotion of the International Circulation of the Press / London, UK / Est. 1955
International Customs Tariffs Bureau / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1890
World Association for Christian Communication / Toronto ON, Canada / Est. 1975
International Association for Media and Communication Research / Montevideo, Uruguay / Est. 1956
International Publishers Association / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1896
International Institute of Communications / London, UK / Est. 1967
International Public Relations Association / London, UK / Est. 1955
International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives / Cape Town, South Africa / Est. 1969
International Correspondence Chess Federation / Brétigny-sur-Orge, France / Est. 1928
UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry / Levallois-Perret, France / Est. 1925
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry / London, UK / Est. 1933
International Exhibitions Bureau / Paris, France / Est. 1931
EDU / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 2011
International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Certification / Sydney NSW, Australia / Est. 1963
Islamic Broadcasting Union / Jeddah, Saudi Arabia / Est. 1975
International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication / Toronto ON, Canada / Est. 1983
International Bridge Press Association / Kingston ON, Canada / Est. 1958
Public Media Alliance / Norwich, UK / Est. 1945
International Press Telecommunications Council / London, UK / Est. 1965
Imaging and Perimetric Society / Melbourne VIC, Australia / Est. 1974
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Est. 1964
World Journalism Education Council / Auckland, New Zealand / Est. 2007
World Association for Public Opinion Research / Lincoln NE, USA / Est. 1947
International Liaison Centre for Film and Television Schools / Sofia, Bulgaria / Est. 1955
World Association of Medical Editors / Est. 1995
World Coatings Council / Washington DC, USA / Est. 1992
International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication / London, UK / Est. 1996
International Association of Press Clubs / Warsaw, Poland / Est. 2002
International Committee on Technical Interchange for Space Mission Operations / Paris, France / Est. 1990
Asociación Internacional de la Comunicación Interactiva / Bergamo, Italy / Est. 1997
FESPA / Dorking, UK / Est. 1962
European Advertising Standards Alliance / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1991
European Association for Internal Communication / Lisbon, Portugal / Est. 1955
European Association for Studies in Screen Translation / Macerata, Italy / Est. 1995
European Committee of Printing and Paper Converting Machinery Manufacturers / Zurich, Switzerland / Est. 1957
Asociación Latinoamericana de Investigadores de la Comunicación / Mexico City, Mexico / Est. 1978
International Tourism Trade Fairs Association / Est. 1992
Federación Latinoamericana de Facultades de Comunicación Social / Cali, Colombia / Est. 1981
Balkanmedia Association / Sofia, Bulgaria / Est. 1990
Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association / The Hague, Netherlands / Est. 2008
European Sign Federation / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1966
Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications / Moscow, Russia / Est. 1991
Union internationale de la presse électronique / Waiblingen, Germany / Est. 1959
Asociación Latinoamericana de Educación y Comunicación Popular / Quito, Ecuador / Est. 1972
Arab Satellite Communications Organization / Riyadh, Saudi Arabia / Est. 1976
African Council for Communication Education / Nairobi, Kenya / Est. 1976
European Society for Communicative Psychotherapy / Watford, UK / Est. 1990
International Society for Gesture Studies / Hamilton NY, USA / Est. 2002
Deaf International Basketball Federation / Heidelberg, Germany / Est. 1998

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