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COM 105 week 1 notes

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COM 105 week 1 notes COM 105

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Class notes on cultural communication
Communication in Global Contexts
Graham Dixon
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Comm, comm 105, week 1




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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Ye Eun Park on Thursday January 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to COM 105 at Washington State University taught by Graham Dixon in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 87 views. For similar materials see Communication in Global Contexts in Communication Studies at Washington State University.

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Date Created: 01/14/16
January 11, 2016 Global Communication? “The beginnings of human communication” Way of communicating is one of the common characteristic - Just like animals. Human Evolution - the stage for human communication 500k years ago – Homo erectus “art”: emergence of modern communication 50k years ago – Behavioral Modernity arrives: humans displayed culture and language through art 3200 BCE – Homo sapiens first use of written language: way of communication through symbols Today – incredible technological innovations What is communication?  Communication – “a systematic process in which individuals interact with and through symbols to create and interpret meanings” Systematic - Involves interrelated parts that affect one another Process – ongoing and always in motion Symbols – language and behaviors represent concepts and ideas Meanings – interpret and make meaning of symbols Dimensions of communication  Level of observation – communication can apply to both broad or specific events.  Intentionality – communication can involve purposeful messages, but also some without intention  Judgment – communication can be successful exchange of information, but also unsuccessful as well Global scale “Why Global communication matters” - Interpersonal communication - Mass communication - Social media/Digital communication 2 January 13 2016: Culture Pt. 1 Culture? Papua New Guinea - North sentinel island – it is illegal to set foot on this island - has over 800 languages - Hundreds of ethnic groups - Uncontacted tribes still exist In Tusculanae Disputationes, Cicero wrote of a cultivation of the soul (being human) or “cultura animi” - Scholars understood as how people socialize and interact  A range of human phenomena not directly attributed to genetic inheritance – It is passed down through learning  Culture is socially constructed by community, family and people you engage and grow up with Culture as anthropological term: Evolved human capacity to classify and represent experiences with symbols - Shaking hands Cultural dimensions  Material culture - physical artifacts created by a society: computer, clothes, and artwork - Tangible objects - Can serve practical purpose or not  Intangible culture - Language, customs, etc. (music?) - Central to how we view, experience, and engage with the world around us - Cultural practices impact world views, beliefs, and material culture General Public’s views on Evolution Overwhelming majority of scientists selected that the belief in natural selection evolved overtime However, it conflicts with the public’s view  Do people not get the right science messages?  Does mass media perpetuate inaccuracies  Cultural worldviews, values, personality types, gender? Religion and evolution - Evangelical protestant think life’s origin exist in the present since the beginning - Usually unaffiliated believe that life’s origin evolved overtime - 70% of Christians who go to church weekly believe God created life since the beginning of human existence Views on climate change and evolution by party, morality, gambling and homosexuality show how intangible culture plays a big role. 2


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