Saturday, May 24, 2008

One Way Communication

There are just some things in the world where you have just one-way communication.

TV & Radio

Television and Radio are prime examples of one-way communication. They send out a signal and who knows how many pick it up. Sure, it’s a very effective way to go from one to millions efficiently.

But so what? How do you really know how many are getting the message? What if nobody is watching? I mean, nobody watched AFTER MASH. Remember that? Of course you don’t, nobody watched it. It was a spinoff to the most watched TV series ever. But Col. Potter, Klinger, and Father Mulcahy aren’t exactly as exciting as chasing the nurses around the tents amidst the Korean war. Or remember when John McEnroe did a talk show? No? That’s because nobody watched it!

But it’s one way communication! How do we know it sucked (other than personally suffering through it)? Well, that’s where we have the Nielson Ratings! See…first they estimate how many TVs there are in the world. That’s sort of like guessing how many beans are in a giant jar. Nobody is even close…

Then they play “Big Brother” and monitor a certain amount of TVs through special monitoring systems. So now, you’ve got a small percentage sampling of an estimated number. There’s accuracy for you. People can’t even get telephone tag right with 10 people in a circle, how can we possibly expect the Nielson ratings to tell us what people are watching? Might was well guess the number of beans in a jar the size of Texas!

Other One Way Communication:

Management: Yep, it’s the trickle down economic principal. They have the power, you don’t. They do the talking, you do the walking. Never mind that they have no clue what is going on. They’re just like the Nielson ratings…

Mothers: Same principal here. The communication is one-way. As a kid you can blabber all you like but it isn’t going to change anything; the communication is not flowing that way. It comes down from the Mom and is cast in stone. The end!

I’m sure there are a lot of other one way communication examples. Some people use the comments as one way communication. You leave a comment; nothing is reciprocated. That’s not me though. You leave a snappy comment and I’ll leave a stupid reply!

30 comments:

quilly said...

I answer the comments on my blog, too. I'm not certain how many people care or return to read what I had to say.

Megan said...

I like that you "reply to all." Stupid or not, it shows class.

VE said...

quilly - I always check the responses from my comments. I usually do it when I'm reading your next post. I'll go back, check the prior one and then read the current.

megan - Thanks. My least favorite approach is selective replies. I figure everyone deserves a reply if you are going to reply; otherwise don't at all. I don't like anything exclusionary.

Sunshine said...

I was asked to be a Nielsen family for a week. I guess my choices weren't stupid enough (which was shocking) they didn't ask me to continue after my "trial" period.

DAMMIT.

Memarie Lane said...

I'd rather get no reply than those bloggers that send out an automated response before your comment is even posted. You know, "Dear Commenter, thank you for your comment. I read and appreciate each and every one, whether I get 1,000 of them or a measly 700. Come again and be sure to click on my ads!"

Kurt said...

Then there are those of us who, though we do not reply to every comment, address some of the issues brought up in our comments in a post.

VE said...

marie - I've never seen an automated response

kurt - Yes, that's true, you do talk about your comments in your posts.

leelee said...

I always try to reply to each commenter on my blog. The comments go into my email so I don't miss any even if they are from older posts. I appreciate when a blogger takes the time to comment..or..address the comments in his/her blog.

HUGS!

Theresa said...

Nielson ratings obviously don't work. That stupid show, "Who wants to be a Dumbass?" .... I mean "Millionaire?" is still clogging up the airways.

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Mr Farty said...

You missed out "no-way communication", where your better half asks why you haven't taken out the garbage like she asked you to half-an-hour ago. In her head.

colbymarshall said...

I wonder what effect Tivo has on Nielson ratings, if any? Because if not, the Nielson rating are probably really screwed up now-a-days!

Serena Joy said...

I'm pretty good at one-way communication. Shoot, just ask my husband.:-)

About blog comments, however, I like to see them take the form of a dialogue, which is why I always reply to mine. And it's why I generally don't bother with blogs where comments are never acknowledged.

VE said...

sunshine - Overlooked your comment here. Sorry about that. You are obviously NOT Nielson material...you just don't watch 24/7 TV.

leelee - You are very good at commenting and following up at commenting on responses. You climbed my commenting tally faster than everybody save red mojo.

theresa - Can I be a dumbass? Or better yet, can I be a dumbass millionaire?

mr. farty - Too hillarious. No-way. Yes, that's a reality for sure!

colby - Yeah, how can they possibly keep track with everyone Tivoing their favorite stuff...

sj - Excellent. I'll have to have him do a guest post JUST to lament on your one-way communication ha ha. As to comments, yes, your blog is very much in the comments; I love reading and responding in your comments. Matt-man and Kelley are that way too...some others too.

Jacki said...

I applaud you for answering each and every comment....I have been horrible lately because life has been too busy. And I am recovering from a really bad bout of stomach flu....it was coming out at both ends. Yuck.

Oh and I can say that even though I am a mom, I do not enjoy one-way communication. When I tell Emma to do something her immediate response is either "why?" or "But...." or "Well..."

Bonnie said...

Comments are a two way street. I always enjoy your witty replys. I try to even be sure to comment on others comments. This could be like the energizer bunny, though and at some point there isn't anything else to say. The nice thing is noone is interupting each other.

Kelley said...

VE, you KNOW what happens in my comments. I just type some blah blah blah and then get entertained by the readers in the comments.

90% of the time it has nothing to do with the post.

Cause my readers are insane. And Ninja.

leelee said...

Blogging is communication....I like the dialog of it..

Oh I'm one of your biggest fans now VE!

HUGS!

Carla said...

I am really bad about commenting back to commenters. I don't really know why, but I did put up a chat link on my blog, but no one has asked to chat yet....weird.

VE said...

jacki - Thanks for sharing the both end story...ha ha. You've had your share of busy lately though

bonnie - That's true, you cannot interupt each other. They used to do that at work...all these people that liked hearing their own voice would be constantly interupint each other. Uggh.

kelley - Your commenters are crazy Ninjas; I've read them!

leelee - Well thanks!

carla - Yeah blogging is funny...many are not into chat lines. I've never tried before

Maureen said...

What if my comment isn't "snappy"?

Will you still leave me a stupid reply?

;)

VE said...

maureen - No problem, I'll just make my reply dumberer

Jeff said...

Snap snap snap snap snap.

That's how it's done Maureen.

bunk strutts said...

Sorry. I was almost listening. Were you talking to me?

cathouse teri said...

Yeah, I didn't know AFTER MASH existed. I'm glad you told me. I mean, one can never have enough useless information, right?

I love it that you respond to comments. I have come to sort of only enjoy commenting where I'm responded to. Which makes sense. Why would I want to say something to you and never know if you even read it??

I don't know if you remember me talking about my father getting a call from someone wanting to sell him phone/internet/cable. But my dad was having the hardest time explaining to the person on the phone that he doesn't need cable or satellite because he has an antenna! They couldn't get the antenna concept. I said, "Dad, just tell them you get your tv signal from the air."

VE said...

jeff - Maureen...listen to Jeff...he's quite snappy you know.

bunk - Sorry, who are you? ;)

Teri - That's a funny story about your father. You mean there are actually signals you can pick up from the air? Without cable? Without Satellite dishes? OMG!

Alex L said...

8911109578939877490578903789059830 beans...

I'd hate it if someone put anything my mother said into stone.

VE said...

alex l - Boy alex, you were one off!!! I might have eaten one when I counted though...

RED MOJO said...

Many times the comments are completely unrelated to the post, which is funny...another thing that's funny is when you say, "You know what?" and the other person says, "What?" and you say, "Chicken Butt!"

VE said...

red mojo - Hah! That's something I would do...