Rebel Communication Theory

Existentialism, Naturalism, and Communication in the 21st Century


Communication is the means by which we exist and know we exist and it is nourished through open-mindedness, active inquiry, and creativity.  When these means-and-ends-in-themselves are not fostered and encouraged, communication suffers from, “passivity, absolutes, resolute acceptance of social injustice,” or what the originator of Journal of Thought, James Van Patten refers to all three as, “expressions of futility.”[1]  Futility erodes communication because communicating is existing.  Both communication and existence are active by nature.   There is no truly passive form of either, so when we succumb to a logic that might ultimately conclude with futility, we are by our own creation motivated against nature and reason to act in the opposite interests of openly communicating and fully existing.  If existence is perceived as futile, resulting actions tend to stray from expanding and giving the appropriate amount of metaphysical weight to it.  If life seems meaningless, we have the tendency to treat it with more or less a general disregard.  When communication and experience through open-mindedness, active inquiry, and creativity are not the ultimate methods and aims of life (in which they would be if we value existence and agree that communication is the fundamental means by which we are aware of it), the void left in their place is filled with absolutes, passivity, and social injustice.  Open-mindedness, active inquiry, and creativity are the means by which we communicate rebellion against individual and social absolutes, passivity, and injustice. Continue reading