By Austin Merritt
Q1: How does communication influence culture?
Communication is essential to the survival and progressing of a culture. It could also be the downfall for cultures, in other ways. Propaganda is one form of communication that can easily influence a culture. Adolf Hitler used propaganda to blame the Jews for the economic crisis facing the world, which in return, people today use slang towards the Jewish culture. On the positive side, communication can help build infrastructure, make laws, entertainment or just to have a conversation in everyday situations. Today, communication influences cultures through trends. When common day people see celebrities wearing, or doing, something, they tend to follow the lead. Cultures get changed through trends. Communication of something popular can sway a culture’s identity. Cultures also can be affected by technology, which can easily be affected by communications. Technology allows for people to access communication easier and quicker. This allows for culture to be influenced sooner. Communication plays a large roll on culture.
Q2: How do language and symbols create communication?
Language and symbols create communication by being representatives of a meaning that is trying to be portrayed. At one point in time, present or past, an agreement was made between multiple people that a common language, or symbols, would each represent something unique to that language, or symbol. People found it necessary to create language and symbols because when they traveled from their communities, communication grew difficult. During trade people would use language and symbols to further communicate and commit trades. Language and symbols provided a chance for people to become literate. People were giving the chance to learn to read and write and function literately within a society. Language and symbols allowed for people to express their ideas and meanings to each other. Through this, surrounding areas become involved and grew into empires, not just small communities. Language and symbols have helped create communication because they are used for a demonstration to represent someone’s point of view.