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1. Formal specifications of elements and relations, or underlying metaphors, which represent interaction through messages.

2. Models of interpersonal interaction. While there are countless forms, the salient features of most are outlined in these five broad types: transmission models, encoding/decoding models, interaction models, relational models, constitutive models: see also interpersonal communication.

3. Any of the various conceptualizations of the production and reception of mass media content, or of core media functions. See dominance model; Elaboration Likelihood Model; encoding/decoding model; hypodermic model; manipulative model; market model; mass communication; pluralist model; publicity model; reception model; regulatory models; ritual model; two-step flow.

Subjects: Media Studies.


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