Culture Communication

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Cultural Communication

Cultural communication is an ever-evolving study that will always impact our society in several different ways. From the moment we are born we have our own identity, but placed into a judgmental society with expectations, classes, and prejudice. Everyone falls into a different category, and how we react with others in different categories varies. The way we are raised, our past, media, and our environment all play a part when we communicate with each other. Cultural communication involves barriers, reflecting on past episodes, standards set with-in, and family communication.

They way we use cultural communication can either accomplish magically great things, or destroy our society as we know it. Shaw (2012a: 12-13) states, “By taking part in an act of communication, one can contribute to the creation of peace, which can also be indispensable for human rights promotion and protection. Lack of communication or some sort of cultural miscommunication, on the other hand, can lead to cycles of violence which can have the knock-on effect of causing severe human rights violations.”

A question I asked myself before I even began to analyze cultural communication was, ‘What defines culture, and where did this come from?’ Klyukanov (2005) helped me answer that question. He writes, “Intercultural communication is punctuated by marks such as skin color, land and water borders.” Klyukanov came up with the ‘Punctuation Principle’, or ‘Principle of Boundary Lines’ theories. In these theories Klyukanov refers to boundary lines as our thoughts, perceptions and expectations. They are born in people’s minds as conceptualizations which can later translate into borders, walls, lines in the water, language barricades and so on (Klyukanov, 2005).

When we place these ‘boundaries’ we are setting up barriers, not necessarily physically but emotionally, between each other. Some examples of these ‘boundaries’ would be: In the U.S. we prefer vocal sounds,...