In the broadest sense, communication is the successful transfer of meaningful information. The process of communication must involve at least two parties, one of which is the sender or the source of information. The receiver’s awareness of the source’s intent to send information is not a necessary component of communication. Communication can take place with or without prior knowledge of the intention to communicate. This lack of intent makes it possible to communicate through large quantities of both space and time. However, those involved in the communication must at some point share some interaction, whether orally or visually, in order for the exchange of information to occur. Only once the receiver has accepted the information and understood the message of the sender is the communication process complete.
A distinction must be made between communication and conversation. While conversation is certainly a form of communication, the exchange of ideas need not necessarily take place through words. Actions and text are equally effective modes for the conveyance of ideas, as are tones in conversations. Words do not automatically beget communication, as it is often through words that a pure exchange of ideas is restricted, bastardized, and deformed, and hindered. Communication is as often through movement and action as it is through words. however to say that movement is a superior method of communication of vocal expression or vice versa is not true. both can be equally effective or ineffective in their use.
Power, one of the most complex forces on earth, is ability of one entity to influence or exert its will over others. Power can come from a number of sources, ranging from physical intimidation to mental persuasion to simple respect. To hold power is to have the means and capacity to influence or direct the behavior of the less powerful entity, or the powerless.
Communication is a necessary part of power. Power cannot be defined in individual terms....