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Communication Relativity Theory

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

Communication Relativity Theory, Marissa Altazan Photography, Nola Deaf Child, Howlin Wolf Den

Time keeps on slipping into the future.

For the times they are a-changin’...

There are many concepts of time. Musicians sing them all time after time.

The Oxford Dictionary defines time as the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.

A similar idea could be applied to communication, as events come with the exchange of information.

Language uses audio and visual cues to provide a structured way of sharing ideas.

Perception is reality has double meaning. Sometimes the only thing people know is what they can experience. Which is because waveforms have both physical and perceptual properties.

Many theories explain the way minds process life. Two aspects of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity demonstrate how forms of expression can be interpreted and what that can mean:

1. Light travels faster than sound

- So one can learn to sight read music while playing their instrument simultaneously

- Words can be seen signed in sign languages before they are heard spoken

2. Space and time are one continuum

- Everything is moving relative to everything else between dimensions

- As seen in music theory notation

The same potential explanations for spacetime, gravity, and observations are revelations of communication’s literal manifestations.

Examples of how language manifests:

1. ASL for sorry

- Signing sorry is also like signing to wash the heart

2. Time signatures

- Denote how many beats in a measure and which note gets the beat

3. Beliefs

- Trust that a statement is true; speaking something into existence

4. Discrimination

- Systemic issues are supported by social cues

5. Collaboration

- Working together is made possible by the ability to connect

Applying Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to linguistics speculates about energy, light, and spacetime impact on communication. Communication is the building block of community. How the members of a community interact with each other can be understood through perception.


Photo by Marissa Altazan 12/1/18 of a Free Your Art show


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