By Jimmy Lavorato
Question 1: How does communication influence culture?
Communication influences culture because culture is defined by the way people live. The way they receive information and react to it helps define who people are. Different communication strategies can be used to influence the population and therefore lead to decisions being made that would of otherwise not be made. Media communication can have such a strong influence in people’s lives, it can create ideas or beliefs, it can positively or negatively sway opinions, even part of a war can be fought through communication. The rate at which information is being passed currently, with Twitter and Facebook and all of the other social networking sites, the mass population is up to date with everything going on in their world because the information is literally right at their fingertips. That is how we can conclude that communication is one of the largest factors in shaping culture.
Question 2: How do language and symbols create communication?
Language is the primary way to communicate, but symbols can be a very powerful representation of communication. Symbols are so powerful that the second we see them, our brain immediately produces an idea and an opinion on what it symbolizes. The peace sign is recognized by everyone, it was used as a way to spread an idea, the actual symbol sticks inside of people’s heads making it easier to remember the meaning. On the other hand the swastika was used to bring out fear in people, a symbol that was so powerful, it’s now illegal in Germany. Whether its trying to bring about a better world, or tear that world down, symbols can be a very useful weapon. We notice and recognize symbols every day of our life, we even permanently mark our bodies with them as representations of our thoughts and ideas. Another answer to this question would be easily found if we think of China and how they use symbols as their language and can communicate fluently with those symbols.