Discussion Questions One (1) and Two (2)

By: John (Jack) Junker

Week 1 Question:  How does communication influence culture?
– From a personal perspective if communication did not exist then todays cultures would be no more than a Neanderthal’s world, all that would be missing are the giant cat’s with huge fangs. BUT since communication is flowing throughout the world we are able to study those in that culture and what may be different from you and me. For example, Marcelle E. DuPraw and Marya Axner have written a segment on PBS.org and stated that “For instance, some white Americans typically consider raised voices to be a sign that a fight has begun, while some black, Jewish and Italian Americans often feel that an increase in volume is a sign of an exciting conversation among friends.” Now why is it that even though all of those stated previously still may get mixed signals of communication even though they all life in the same country. Let’s put it this way, you are raised how you were (views, religion, and especially communication) and hence forth that is what makes each and every culture held within the world unique.

A good site to check out for a more detailed explanation on how communication influences culture: http://www.pbs.org/ampu/crosscult.html

Week 2 Question: How do language & symbols create communication?
-Unlike animals, humans feel the need to express themselves and in doing so throughout the ageless pictures inscribed in caves to the printing press used for today’s morning paper. Th0ugh the usage of various symbols and languages (both forgotten and current), humans have the ability to plan things out and  record valuable information about the past/current/future. Oddly enough communication has helped all of man kind survive as the climate fluctuated back and forth from hot to cold. Needless to say that without the usage of words and symbols which in turn led to language and international communication, we would have never been the modern humans that we are to this day.

4 thoughts on “Discussion Questions One (1) and Two (2)

  1. Jack,
    I thought it was interesting when you mentioned the tones in people’s voices as they talk. I never really thought about that. It is a neat way to look at it, because I was more focused on what was said over how it was said. Interesting perspective.

    On your second question, I agree that humans want to express themselves but I believe animals express themselves also. They just don’t express themselves in the ways that humans can. I agree with you though about how language and communication have led to the humans we are today. Communication played a large roll in our development as a society. Well done!

    – Austin M.

  2. Jack,

    I laughed when I read about the giant cat’s with huge fangs, nice humor. I really liked when you talked about how different cultures perceive different tones of people’s voices. I think that can also be interpreted from family to family. For instance, my family doesn’t yell a lot so when I hear raised voices I know it is a fight. However, I know that some of my friends family’s yell all the time to just simply communicate from day to day. I think this shows how communication can be confusing and requires a lot of adjustment time.


  3. Jack,
    You make great points in both of your answers to the discussion questions. I totally agree with you that through out language and symbols we have evolved into the human beings we are today. Animals, however, may not be as advanced as human beings but they find ways to express themselves too. I like how you mentioned different loudness and softness of the voice. Not only are sentences possibly misinterpreted but tones of voice can be too. Good thinking Jack.

  4. Jack,
    Your answers flowed very nice and your examples mixed well with your links along with some light humor to keep the reader interested. It’s interesting to think of how far we’ve come and what we’ve come from- crediting communication to that journey is both insightful and thought-provoking.
    -Jimmy Lavorato

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