Other sites already cover Hall’s theory pretty well, but basically he differentiated cultures based on an idea that some had high-context communication and others had low-context communication.
Scandinavians, for example, have low-context communications. You can walk into any conversation with them and their dialogue will contain very direct messages that are self-encapsulated and contain most of the information you would need to make sense of it.
There are codified norms within the society that make the conversation rules-based and less personal. It comes off as very direct and to the point. Read More »
Since I am specifically studying what the internet will look like within the BRIC countries in terms of privacy, openness, and transparency, I thought it would be best to lay out a matrix of those three phases plotted versus five key social spheres, which maybe I could call “accountability arenas”. Since there’s no good way to insert a matrix here without using SlideShare or an image, I’ll just list the results here:
Personal: Libertarianism, isolationism, anonymity
Sexual: Don’t ask, don’t tell
Health: Non-contagion/non-preventative care
Financial: Shadow market pools, corruption
Political: Weak communities, divided citizens, big money interests, oligarchy