Oct. 6 (UPI) — As America chaotically careens toward Election Day with President Donald Trump fighting a COVID-19 infection, we should stop and ask: Just why and how do Trump’s words work?
And how does the recent confusion sown by his doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center amplify that work?
Perhaps more importantly: What can we do about it?
These questions strike at the core of a deep and persistent misunderstanding about communication. Too often people assume that communication is a matter of transmitting information from one place to another and that words simply carry meaning.
From this perspective, the president’s words function as a conduit from his head to everyone listening. With this president, we have all become accustomed to the concept of “misinformation,” whereby we recognize that intentionally false or misleading information is transmitted to the listener, and how it’s had a devastating impact during the