The Social Information Processing theory is one model that has been developed to explain the nature of these interactions. According to this theory, people are motivated to develop interpersonal relationships regardless of the medium and will develop strategies for overcoming the apparent lack of nonverbal cues typically found in Internet-based communication. This theory contrasts other models that suggest computer-mediated communication leads to depersonalization.
Globalization is not the only thing influencing events in the world today, but to the extent that there is a North Star and a worldwide shaping force, it is this system. Indeed, Friedman is only one in a long line of commentators and analysts who have ascribed tremendous importance to the forces of globalization and informatization that have already redefined industries, politics, and cultures, and perhaps the underlying rules of social order.
Societies and communities have no choice but to participate in this 'New International Information Order,' but the character of their participation is shaped by specific social, cultural, economic and political conditions. This complex multi-level process of mediation between the global and the local, as an inherently communication phenomenon, promises to change not only the context, but likely the nature of intercultural communication.
But what are these forces that seem to have such a profound effect on our lives? The awesome potential of information technologies and globalization has already had a profound impact upon industries, particularly the financial markets. What are the implications of these forces for those interested in intercultural communication?
Moreover, in what ways can intercultural communication theory help us to understand these forces? Is the traditional study of intercultural communication, bound as it is by the interpersonal context, even relevant to the new issues arising with globalization and informatization?
It is the purpose of this essay to explore the relevance of these globe-shaping forces to intercultural communication, and vice-versa, to identify some of the salient questions for theorists of intercultural communication that arise as a result of these forces, and finally, to identify the role of intercultural communication in providing foundations for understanding a globalized, technologized world.
Globalization has been defined in various ways, but is most typically defined in reference to the interconnectedness of political entities, economic relationships, or even computer networks. Globalization refers primarily to the ways in which economic and industrial institutions such as industries or corporations interact in various locations throughout the world, with primacy given to no specific geographic location.
Friedman argues that ' globalization involves the inexorable integration of markets, nation-states, and technologies to a degree never witnessed before 'p. Kennedy describes globalization in primarily economic terms, defining it as primarily integrative structures p.
He further argues that globalization of economic structures means that local and national governments eventually cede control of policy to the global institutions primarily multinational corporations, but also including non governmental, regional, or international organizations, such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund.
Even though the term globalization typically refers to economic phenomenon, there are ripple effects that make the impact of globalization much broader socially and culturally. Ideas, customs, and cultural movements all follow closely after the exchange of goods across national boundaries. These changes might be marginal, such as the emergence of the ' Hello, Kitty ' cult around the world, or they may be profound, such as the rise of new religious, political, environmental, or cultural movements, such as the Falungong movement, one that relies almost exclusively upon electronic communications media to recruit and mobilize.
At the recent Davos Economic Forum in Switzerland, Humberto Eco differentiated between globalization as a fact and globalization as a value. Globalization as a fact is the real economic ties, institutions, and realities that underlie a new economy.
Globalization as a value is the extent to which we seek further integration of markets, pools of capital, and industries, although many seem to use the term to refer not to greater economic integration, but rather cultural and social integration. Not everyone is in full support of further globalization, as is evidenced by the December, riots at the World Trade Organization in Seattle.
Opponents, such as Stop WTO! By informatization, I refer to the process primarily by which information technologies, such as the world-wide web and other communication technologies, have transformed economic and social relations to such an extent that cultural and economic barriers are minimized.
In his groundbreaking book, Information Society as Post Industrial Society Yoneji Masuda argues that the technological innovations will provoke radical cultural and social changes that will be fundamentally different from the status quo.
In the post-industrial, information-based society, knowledge, or the production of information values, will be the driving force of society, rather than industrial technologies p. Moreover, the convergence of technologies will precipitate further changes that promise to fundamentally alter the human landscape.
Wang describes the same phenomenon which she calls "informatization" as "a process of change that features a the use of informatization and IT [information technologies] to such and extent that they become the dominant forces in commanding economic, political, social and cultural development; and b unprecedented growth in the speed, quantity, and popularity of information production and distribution" p.
This "New International Information Order" no longer allows national or regional considerations to stand in the way of the global integration of values, attitudes, and shopping brands.
Thus, informatization is the process whereby information and communication technologies shape cultural and civic discourse. This would include not just computers and the internet, but other related technologies that have as their primary characteristic the transfer of information, including more traditional media technologies, such as film, satellite television, and telecommunications.
As societies and economies re-orient themselves around technologies, there are inevitable consequences. These two concepts, globalization and informatization, thus explain different phenomena, but there is a marked overlap between their social, political, economic, and cultural functions.
Although globalization ultimately refers to the integration of economic institutions, much of this integration occurs through the channels of technology. Although international trade is not a new phenomemon, the advent of communications technologies has accelerated the pace and scope of trade.
Previously, ideas and technologies took centuries to diffuse across the globe, not seconds Sprague With electronic communication media, however, within an instant, the most novel ideas can reach around the globe, or news of events in one continent can drastically affect financial markets around the world.the new computer-mediated communication media brings about globalization as a result challenging the existence of both interpersonal and intercultural human communication contexts from the special characteristics they pose that are dissimilar to traditional media.
This study investigates how computer mediated communication (CMC) and the electronic mailing system in particular have impacted on productivity and efficiency not to mention interpersonal interaction and increased use of technology in the organization.
Interpersonal Communications Chapter 1. STUDY. PLAY. FOUR BASIC NEEDS • Interaction between two people is considered interpersonal communication but a speaker and a group is not.
• Qualitative relationships are governed by unique rules and roles. How does computer mediated communication affect interpersonal communication? Computer. The Human Side of a Mediated Life: How Mediated Communication is Affecting Relationships and Nonverbal Literacy similar interpersonal relationship as a close friend.
You enjoy being in the presence of that person and trust their opinion and loyalty to you. Social Media and its Effects on Organizational Communication Emily Langer Faculty Sponsor: Ronda Leahy, Communication Studies computer-mediated communication in today’s society due to the vast increase of technologies that are on the market.
However, recently the focus has shifted to how new technologies affect the organizational. Abstract. This investigation examined how computer-mediated communication (CMC) partners exchange personal information in initial interactions, focusing on the effects of communication channels on self-disclosure, question-asking, and uncertainty reduction.