A Heuristic Sketch of Lee Thayer’s Systems Theory Orientation to Human Communication: Reflections on the Range of Open Systems

Corey Anton


This paper sketches some of Lee Thayer’s General Systems Theory contributions to human communication.  It reviews some of the main differences between closed and open systems and stresses how the radical “openness” of human communication systems offers both challenges and opportunities.


Lee Thayer, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Open Systems, Closed Systems, Symbol, Information, Communication, Communication Theory, Explanations

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