Meaning of Message

What is Message:

A message, according to communication theory, is the information that the sender sends to the receiver through a communication channel. Thus, then, the message is the raison d'être of the communicative process and is, at the same time, that which is communicated.

In order for a message to be transmitted, however, it needs a system of signs (letters, characters) and a code or language (Spanish, English, Portuguese), and it can be transmitted orally, in writing or through images.

The form and the substance can vary, either to enhance the content of the message, or to attenuate it, modify it or rethink it, but this can also be done by the context. The truth, in any case, is that all these factors must be adapted to the purpose of the message, which is to make something known, to transmit information.

For example, if we want to ask for help, we must do so clearly, directly and politely. Using vulgar language, saying things with a rude attitude or in a language other than that of our interlocutor would go against the meaning and purpose of the message.

On the other hand, the word message can also be used as a synonym for message, news or communication; to refer to the deep meaning of an artistic or intellectual work, or in allusion to the public discourse of an authority, such as a head of state.

See also Communication.

Implicit and explicit message

The messages can be distinguished, according to the way in which they convey their meaning to the receiver, basically in two types: implicit and explicit.

The implicit message is one that does not communicate clearly or clearly its content or its intention; it is a message that is sent indirectly and that can even be confusing. For example, comment that the window is open, with the implicit message that they close them, because it is cold.

The explicit message, for its part, is one that clearly, directly and concretely transmits the meaning of a communication, leaving its intention and meaning manifest. For example, ask that they please close the windows because it is cold, so that, in effect, they do.

See also:

  • Explicit
  • Implicit

Advertising message

As an advertising message we call all commercial communication of a graphic, auditory or audiovisual nature, which aims to publicize or promote a product or service to the public. To do this, it uses different media, such as television, radio, press, billboards, internet, etc. The ultimate purpose of the advertising message is to move the public to buy or consume a certain product or service.

See also Advertising.

Subliminal message

We speak of a subliminal message in reference to those messages that contain non-explicit meanings and that, therefore, are not consciously perceived by the recipient to whom it is addressed, although it is believed that, even so, they can provoke stimuli or influence the behavior of whoever sees them.

Thus, it is said that commercials contain subliminal messages to induce the public to buy a certain product, or that some political or religious advertisements include subliminal messages to change our way of thinking. However, experts in psychology deny the effectiveness of subliminal messages.

Electronic message

The electronic message is one that is sent through a network service known as email or e-mail. The electronic message would be the digital equivalent of the traditional letter by which people communicated before the boom of information and communication technologies.

See also Email.

Instant message

An instant message is one that is transmitted through a computer application. It allows two users connected to a network to communicate in real time and from distant places with written messages.

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