DeWine, Gibson, and Smith's new hybrid "essentials" introductory text, Exploring Human Communication includes unique coverage of important topics not usually found in basic texts: mass communication, legal communication, mediated communication and technology, and using communication principleson the job. The text's compelling, applications-oriented approach helps students internalize concepts by applying them to real-world situations and contexts both inside and outside the classroom. Featured are numerous activities, illustrations, and student-centered stories. Rather than prescribing particular courses of action, the authors offer a broad range of options to choose from in order for students to be successful. Exploring Human Communication covers all of the fundamental concepts necessary for understanding the complexity of human communication and improving communication effectiveness: verbal and nonverbal communication, active listening, development of interpersonal relationships, interculturalcommunication, small group communication, organizational communication, and two chapters on public speaking. Stand-out benefits to instructors and students include: * Integration of the themes of communication across cultures and ethical dilemmas in communication throughout every chapter. "Spotlight on Diversity," "Spotlight on Ethics," and "Mission Possible" boxes encourage students to think critically about the concepts introduced in each chapter. * A common thread throughout the text is the debunking of myths about communication, which helps dispel mistaken notions. * Original illustrations, created specially for this text, are used to enhance major themes.