Thanks to the opportunities afforded to us by social media and universally accessible mass communication devices and technologies, a trend of globalization is spreading throughout the world (no pun intended).
In 2014, I embarked on the Sophomore International Experience with Bryant University. This two-week trip took over 40 students to 4 different countries. The emphasis of this educational expedition was intercultural communication. We spent the bulk of our time in Seville, Spain and Munich, Germany, and were tasked with an extremely interesting assignment.
As a hands-on assignment while we were in these two very different countries, we were told to find a place in the city we were in and sit for an hour taking pictures. We paid special attention to the communication behaviors of those walking the city streets, if they were with others, and how they interacted with one another. When we finished, we each compiled our own photo blog to post and comment on ten photos from each city that we feel best represented the communication styles of the city's inhabitants.
The assignment called on us to not only recognize the difference between these two distinct cultures but to appreciate it. We also had to prove an ability to be culturally self-aware and to compare both of these cultures’ communication styles with that of our own culture.
Here is the link to my SIE Photo Blog. Here, you will see 20 pictures which I feel embody the communication culture of each of these unique cities.