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Communication studies is the academic discipline which studies communication; subdisciplines include animal communication, theories of communication, group communication , information theory, intrapersonal communication, interpersonal communication, marketing, organizational communication, propaganda, public affairs, public relations, speech communications , and telecommunications.
Various aspects of communicating have long been the subject of human study . In ancient Greece, the study of rhetoric, the art of effective speaking and persuasion, was a vital subject for students. In the early 20th century, many specialists began to study communication as a specific part of their academic disciplines. Communications began to emerge as a distinct academic field in the mid-20th century. Harold Innis and Marshall McLuhan were early pioneers. A critique of commodified communications emerged with the writings of Theodor W. Adorno and Guy Debord.
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