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.