Discussion Questions 1 & 2

By: Shelby Schroeder

1: How does culture influence communication?

Culture influences communication in our day to day lives.  You know through culture when it is and isn’t appropriate to communicate in a certain way.  For instance when you’re at a guest’s house you communicate differently while eating dinner than you would if you were at your own house.  Culture can either help or hinder our communication abilties.  Sometimes culture can make us narrow minded, forcing us to want to be like people we see on movies or television or in magazines, we think there is a “certain way” we should all communicate with each other.  Overall, culture has a huge influence on communication.

2. How do language and symbols help create communication?

Language and symbols are really the bulk of communication. Cultures were originally limited to face to face contact because they had no form of written communication.  When the alphabet (symbols) was invented it allowed people to communicate in an entirely new way.  A lot of people however couldn’t read this new form of writing and so people had to become more advanced in their communication skills.  If we never learned how to read write or simply know how to speak English we would never have the new technologies like the internet and phones that allow us to communicate with people all over the world!

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4 thoughts on “Discussion Questions 1 & 2

  1. Dear Shelby,
    I would also like to make the point to you that some cultures may cause the individual to open up more rather then speak close minded. I definitely agree with your point that culture could do that to our communication but it could also have the opposite affect. As far as your second question goes I loved it. We would not be able to communicate nearly as much if we didn’t have symbols to communicate to each other. Face to face communication just can’t happen a lot of the times. Anyway great job on the answers.

  2. Dear Shelby,

    I totally agree with you on the second question. Symbols really are what makes up the alphabet. I remember reading in the book about when people were on trade routes and how symbols were able to help them communicate and function outside of their own community. Symbols play a large role in society and have meanings behind all of them. I like what Jimmy said about symbols. He mentioned how when we see symbols our minds immediately think of the meaning. Very true!

    I see your point on the first question when you talk bout how culture can make us narrow minded, but as Marina stated that can easily be reversed too. Not saying your way is wrong or that Marina is correct. I believe both of you have a point. it is kind of like a two way street. Communication can really affect culture by what we see as acceptable or admirable. On the flip side, culture can determine how we act around others or our actions with others. For example, other countries may kiss when they greet each other. The United States tends to shake hands as a formal greeting. Good job on your questions!

    -Austin M.

  3. Dear Shelby,
    Your answer to the first question get’s straight to the point making it short and sweet! I loved the fact that you used the “differences of dinning in someone else’s house compared to one’s own. Though I would suggest stating why that is in our culture, or what causes a person to change in such a environmental change. For your second answer I enjoyed the fact that you threw in the bit about the fact that when the Alphabet was first introduced that no one but a hand full knew how to use it. Great Job and keep up the wonderful work!
    – Jack (John) Junker

  4. Shelby,
    I liked in your first answer how you used current day examples of how communication is important in our culture. It’s interesting to think that the way we communicate is partly defined by our cultural norms. Also in your second question I liked how you touched on not just verbal communication but written communication as well, this made for a very well rounded answer.
    -Jimmy

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