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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 39, Issue 3. 15th March [1976]

Communication Problems

Communication Problems

This forum revealed degrees of misunderstanding and insensitivity by both the Matakite people and those who disagree or question the aims grounds and/or methods of the protesters Overall, there was an inability or unwillingness to discuss the issues at hand, ideas were thrown across the Union Hall without any coherent dialogue being established.

Sensitivity - if there is respect shown for the people you are speaking to then you will be aware of your audience; and you will have some basis for deciding what to say, and how to say it The alternative which was displayed at the forum is for the speaker to deliver a broadside of thoughts jumbled in expression.

The protest group can't disregard the precious necessity to present their case in [ such a way as to (i) make sense and be accurate in its content and (ii) respect the opinions of the audience at the same time.