50-100 words comment on students post each, four comments in total
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The movie “Man and His Culture” by Encyclopedia Britannica Films in collaboration with Robert Redfield is very informative about the concept of culture. This is one aspect that every person takes pride in. It makes us different yet similar in so many ways. Culture is basically a shared pattern of norms and behavior that are found in human societies. From the movie, it is clear that culture slowly but gradually changes over time (Geeks, 2014). Culture diffusion from generation to generation has contributed to the changes in culture. Jumping form one generation to another, there have to be new rules and behaviors adopted. They are well infused in the culture and it makes them to be a part of it. In addition, invention and discovery have contributed to the changes in the culture in the society. Through natural tendencies of children to imitate the elders and through direct teaching of culture to the younger generation, culture is being transmitted to the young children.
It is clear from the movie that there are similarities and differences between cultures in the world. Despite all the differences that people claim to have, there are so many things that bring them together. The differences in the culture can be seen through the lenses of “primitive” and “advanced” cultures. For example, America cultures are less sophisticated and it allows people with much freedom as compared to African cultures that tend to be strict. Another difference is that some cultures like America and Europe are dominant in the world whereas some like Asians and Africans are less dominant (Geeks, 2014). For example, women are allowed to work outside the home in America culture whereas Africans cultures deny women opportunities to work. The similarities between cultures are that they all change over time. All cultures are affected by social, technological, and economic factors.
From my own experiences, culture is a set of beliefs, customs, and norms that universally acceptable among a group of people. They come in different forms, rules, behaviors and beliefs. Some practices can be tolerated in one culture and condemned in another. This leads to the many differences that people tend to exhibit in the world today. For example, my personal experience with Asian culture has enabled me to understand how women are treated in such a society. In my culture, people who follow the old tradition don’t allow their women to work. Women are accorded with home daily chores that involve sweeping, dusting, and preparing meals whereas male gender provides for the family.
(Hopefully this will help while answering to students comments…Side note:time has changed people’s train of thought. Families are not as strict as they used to be and that definitely has an impact on how women are being treated too. My family doesn’t see women any different than men. We have equal opportunities.) (Rephrase and for that nicely)
Students commented on my post and aslo left some questions. I would like short responses for those.
I noticed that you said in your culture, people who follow old traditions don’t allow their women to work. This is interesting because it draws a stark parallel between the culture we are used to here in the USA. In your culture, is it still common for people to follow the older traditions of thinking? Is it still largely influential on the women in your culture? Or has time allowed people to start leaning towards more progressive schools of thinking? I’m curious to hear about this because you stated old school thinkers are more restrictive so I was wondering if there was a fair share of new age thinkers as well.
I think it is interesting how you mentioned different cultures can be seen as less sophisticated or free. Do you think that plays a role in shaping their society? For example, I would imagine a country that has more freedoms to be more creative than a country that does not share the same freedoms.
Short comments on students posts:
Student one: (VG)
Cultures tend to vary drastically from region to region, however, there are still some similarities amongst cultures. These common points would include practices such as religion, speaking in languages and engaging in visual arts (dance, theatre, etc). Even though there are many common points uniting culture as a whole, there are quite a lot of differences that I have observed in real life and in the film.
Some cultures find it taboo to dress a certain way which reveals too much skin. For example, in the video, the narrator speaks how it is normal for individuals to have minimal clothing on while they are at a beach. I found that what applies normally to American culture might not be the same elsewhere. For example, when I visited India last year, I made a stop at a beach. I found that even though the weather was extremely high, people still wore t-shirts and jeans. Women wore dresses. It was highly taboo to wear a bikini at the beach. I had worn shorts and a tank top and people were staring me down and whispering. I found this interaction interesting since a simple outfit choice could cause such havoc. Another different appearance which I’ve noticed is physical interactions. In America and Europe, it is very common to greet people through hugging, handshakes and physical engagement of sorts. I found it interesting how in India, most people fold their hands and say “Namaste” as a sign of respect. The places I visited, I was greeted not through physical means but with folded hands. This actually signaled respect to me since these individuals felt that they should respect my space the first meeting itself. I found this to be very interesting and thoughtful.
Through my experience, I found that “culture as an integrated whole” means that culture is not represented by the means of one or two people but rather large demographics. The expression to me means that a group of people come together and share ideas, ethics, and morals. These groups of individuals then grow together and prosper together. Ultimately, our common ideas and goals bring us together into a larger society. Culture is a way in which people choose to act and behave due to certain core values. When a group of unique individuals comes together, they create a society where nobody is excluded and everyone is part of the whole culture.
Student two: (LI)
From what I’ve gotten from the video, Man and his Culture, is that culture is simply put as “our away of living”. That meaning seems like it doesn’t give it justice since it can shape people from the beginning of their time to the end, depending on the individual. People of different areas make cultures their own by having differences with other cultures! Things that can make cultures different from others is the language they speak, gestures and their idea of beauty. In the video an example was brought up on how an American man can walk by a row of cars, only appreciating the beauty of his. A lot of mediums for art are not really considered attractive by people of other cultures because their views are shaped by the group of people surrounding them. Another difference is hand gestures. Simple gestures can be very rude in different areas of the world, being lost in translation. Another small difference that is very important in business is timing. Time is something that Ferraro wrote in the book Global Business. They bring up that Switzerland and the United States is precise with time because they see time as money. Places like the Middle East and South America, they are looser with the concept of the importance of time because they think of social relationships. But cultures have cultural universals, which is what different cultures have in common. There is religion and a lot of religions are scattered around the world and not just concentrated in one are, For example, Islam is the most popular religion in the world and it is a global religion even though some people think it is only for people in the Middle East. Technology is a big part because technology leads to change, helping cultures evolve. Technology helped different cultures feed off eachother. For example, in the video they bring up how Indians wear shoes by Americans and Americans boats. I think I’ve always had a good understanding of culture because how many times I’ve moved in my life. Living in Dubai showed me that you must adapt to other people’s culture so you don’t seem disrespectful.
(This should be done in first person, like you’re talking to the student, not too formal either)