by Heath Nicholson
How does communication influence culture?
Communication is responsible for countless changes in culture. A great example is the revolution that occurred in Egypt this past year. Because of restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, the revolution may have never happened if it was 50 years ago. But with the help of social media and many new channels of communication the people of Egypt were able to unite and voice their disapproval.
How do language and symbols create communication?
Language and symbols are the means by which we communicate with each other. But what is it about a symbol that allows us to convey messages? The important attribute that symbols hold, in most cases, is that they mean the same thing to the receiver and the sender. For example, if I were to hold my middle finger up to a stranger while on my way to school they would most likely be angry with me. This is because many of us recognize that symbol as the same thing, a rude gesture. However, if the receiver had a different idea of what the middle finger meant, they wouldn’t be angry.