Communication = Culture?

Living in a foreign country can really open your eyes to the differences between two countries. These differences have become a part of my daily routine and will probably end up causing a bit of confusion upon my return home. In the case of Japan, many people would instantly focus on the use of chopsticks…

The Economic Powerhouse That Is Dubai

While there are many different evolving structures that have a heavy impact on Dubai, the economic structure of the city is seemingly the most influential structure right now. Almost everyone I have met that has lived in Dubai for a number of years, will say “this is all new, this wasn’t here 15 years ago.”…

Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me….in Ireland.

Ireland, most certainly Dublin, is plugged in. Dublin, being the capital city, has a bustling population that has acquired easy access to news, social media, and smartphones.  In the western and more rural areas of Ireland, it is a bit quieter and not as inclined to frequent use social media and technology. However, seeing at…

We meet again, Hofstede.

Ahhhh, Hofstede. I’ve joked before that if we had to sum up our entire program, it would be Hofstede’s cultural dimensions- or knowing your audience, their traditions, their practices, and their tendencies. Hofstede’s cultural dimensions include several dualities describing spectrums of characteristics of a specific culture. They include the power distance index, individualism versus collectivism, masculinity…

Film Ireland

Working at a film festival obviously has a connection to mass media in Ireland. It’s in the title of the festival- film, with its interconnecting relationship between text, reel, and exhibition, is under the umbrella of mass media. Let’s define exactly what mass media is because sometimes I feel that phrase is thrown around a…

Journey ends…and yet It’s just beginning

At the Beijing International airport Dr. Meng asked, “Did you accomplish everything you desired?”  My reply, “That and then some.”  In truth, this global communications journey went beyond my expectations, increased my gratitude, and brought further clarity & experience as an International Student Success Coach. A great highlight of my journey was being asked to…

China’s Social Media Growth

On the subway, in the mall, or down the street…it seems wherever you find young people in China; you’ll find a multitude of smart phones.  (Oh hold-on…I’m getting a WeChat message from a Chinese student right now…) Okay I’m back.  It’s safe to say that technology has developed in China allowing individuals (through social media)…