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Episode Info: Systems theory helps the world understand the interactive relationships that exist in many domains of life and events that occur throughout the universe. Kenneth Burke’s theories on ideology explore how, through communication, people develop interactive relationships that create a common framework through which life is interpreted. It is only logical to explore how systems theory can reveal the implications of communication in an interconnected world. A system is an interrelated collection of several things, be it ideas, principles, people, or planets. Those elements are connected through a set of relationships that allow the individual pieces to operate as a whole. Communication helps forms an ideology most effectively the same way a system is formed: from the bottom or through self-organization. That happens best as communication and persuasion works its way through the social networks of individualRead more »

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