TCU, Fall 2008

General Semantics

GS for Mass Communications Practitioners Catalog Description: The application of the principles of General Semantics — how language affects the communication process — to the practice of journalism, advertising, and public relations. Syllabus Overview General Semantics (GS) deals with how we perceive, construct, evaluate and then express  our life experiences through our language-behaviors. This course provides an … Read on …

GS Videos: Topical Excerpts

General Semantics

These videos were created to illustrate specific topics covered in class. *Some content may be considered objectionable and inappropriate for younger viewers.* The Power (?) of Words (6:10) Winner or Loser? (3:30) Language, Symbols, and Meanings (10:30) Perspectives about Race (2:57) The Tyranny of Categories (5:34) Perspectives from Herbie Hancock’s “Possibilities” (10:41) Prejudice & Obscenity … Read on …

Review Videos for GS Class, Fall 2008

General Semantics

These two videos were used as reviews throughout the fall 2008 semester for my GS classes at TCU in Fort Worth. Note that these were used to review material already presented and discussed in class. Some of the material goes by pretty quickly and some, without benefit of the original class, may be puzzling. *Some … Read on …

Write Like You Mean It: Writing that makes sense

General Semantics

Fall 2008 Some people have trouble expressing themselves in writing because they’re almost paralyzed by worries about grammar, syntax, rules, and what somebody else is going to think. Other people have no fear of writing, but they’re concerned that what they write actually makes sense. After all, the world hardly needs more well-written nonsense. How … Read on …

Review videos for GS Classes, 2006

General Semantics

These videos were necessitated because of an inclement weather day that ended the Fall 2006 semester for my GS class at TCU in Fort Worth. Since there was no opportunity to make-up the review period prior to semester final exams, I made these quick videos and posted so the class could view them. Fall 2006 … Read on …