RUNNING HEAD: CULTURE AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
Culture and interpersonal communication
Interpersonal Messages, communication and relationship skills
This paper explores chapter 2, culture and interpersonal communication, from Joesph DeVito`s
interpersonal messages. It discusses the role of culture, how culture differs from one another and
the forms and principles of intercultural communication. This text also includes discussion over
on online (Internet) and offline (non-Internet) relationships and their relationship to Computer-
mediated communication (CMC) as explored through an emerging globalized world. The
chapter, however, highlights cross-cultural communication as an important aspect of life for
more reasons than just business. It looks at the benefits of understanding culture to better
understand ourselves and why people act as they do.
There are some definitions used to help explain culture for a more universal understanding. Such
terms suggested are: cultural assimilation, computer mediated communication CMC,
enculturation, acculturation, individualistic and collective cultures, to name a few amongst other
Culture and interpersonal communication are the hot topicsof the decade. We are in a world of
intercultural interaction; it is here and here to stay. It is now 2009, and the idea that a country can remain
independent from others or live purely in a self-serving nationalistic way is no longer a realistic option.
I found this reading to be interesting in its ability to simplify and define for us what I think is now
fairly common knowledge and an accepted idea; communicating with other cultures is necessary. We
Americans from the United States have and continue to benefit and profit from the interaction or use of
other cultures. Reading this chapter about the importance of culture was not new, shocking or even
controversial, but more of a confirmation that, yes, we need other cultures.
The concept of cultural assimilation is, h