What is a message?

What is a message?
The set of symbols, signs and meanings encoded according to the rules of a specific language that are in charge of carrying a concept or abstract idea to be decoded by a receiver. The message is forged on the transmitter, is mounted on a vehicle of communication and is sent through a specific channel in order to get a reaction in the recipient.

How it works?
The issuer is in charge of preparing the message for which is based on a process which automatically or not selects symbols and signs(e.g.: in the case of language the process is automatic, being this symbols auditive, visual or any another. This will be referred to encode an idea keeping in mind that the receiver will have enough rules to decode the message and correctly interpret the main idea that travel from sender to him.

For instance, the message is like an aircraft designed by the issuer or builders of the aircraft, it has to land on the receiver or airport, in which passagner will come out of the airplane, just as ideas come out from the message. If the designers of the airplane do not take into account the characteristics of the track, the dimensions, which are the radios and other gadgets needed to operate the plane, it is probably not possible to land at the airport and therefore passengers (message) will never come down in perfect condition.

What is it used?
As mentioned, the message is a fundamental particle in communication that carries the central idea that the sender wants to transmit to the recipient. If this is not well designed, as shown, the receiver simply find it very difficult to understand or abstract the idea that is enclosed in the message, or simply it will be impossible to get the idea.

When deciding to send a message, it is look to define exactly how they will be done, so we must first define the channel which will contact the receiver and the communicative vehicle that will go into it. Continuing the example of the airplane, the channel would be "air" and the vehicle "a Boeing 747".


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THOMAS M. COVER, et al., Elements of Information Theory.