Discussion Questions One and Two

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.

Discussion Questions One and Two

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.

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.

Discussion Questions 1 & 2

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!

Discussion Questions 1 and 2

By: Marina E

Q1:How does communication influence culture?  Communication greatly influences the culture we live in because it’s how we relay information to each other.  Different cultures have different verbal and non-verbal communication.  In our culture, when someone crosses their leg it could mean they are getting down to business but in another culture it could be offensive and rude.  Through this act of non-verbal communication the culture is being shaped due to the meaning of the action.  This is similar with verbal communication.  A simple sentence or saying in one culture could have a completely different meaning in another.  These forms of communication shape the cultures we live in.

Q2: How do language and symbols create communication? Language is what we use to communicate to each other verbally.  The language that we understand and know is how we intake information from others and relay information to others.  We use language to communicate our thoughts.  Symbols are used to create that language that we communicate with.  Symbols could be the letters that are forming these words to communicate to you the answer to this question or they could be someone’s facial expression telling you to stop rambling.  Symbols are used all throughout the language to communicate to others in the society.  All communication is based off of the symbols that create the language we communicate with.