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!