Intercultural communication in world of text messaging…November 21, 2011
Texting has become a global phenomenon. Whether you live in Beverly Hills, 90210 or in South London, SE15 5EU, sending and receiving texts messages has become more common than eating sliced bread or drinking a designer coffee drink from the corner Starbucks. Throughout the last ten weeks of blogging we have discussed everything from casual conversations about new textspeak to highly controversial topics like texting and driving. However, today we are going in a completely new direction in the world of texting: how has intercultural communication intersected the world of text messaging?
For beginners let’s take a little journey across the pond to England where they were the first to unveil highly graphic, controversial commercials warning against the dangers of texting and driving. Although the jury is still out on whether or not the horrific nature of these commercials are even effective, the fact remains that the UK was the first to internationally proclaim that they will (and do) take a stand against texting and driving. The international (specifically the U.S.) media has since criticized these ads and removed them from network television. However, the British media continues to run these ads regularly and only time will tell as to the effectiveness of the graphic content.
Along with social media sites and public forum video sites (such as youtube), texting has become incredibly influential in the international political world as well. In the recent protests in Libya, young protesters were unable to follow the local or national news as all news outlets were government controlled. When the anti-government protesting began to pick up and gain a loyal following, Muammar Gaddafi ordered all news stations to go off air. The young generation of protesters quickly turned to facebook and text messaging as their means of organizing the large groups of protests that were constantly changing locations as to avoid martial law.
Let’s face it ladies and gentlemen, we live in an interconnected world more now than ever before. Although, the grandmother of globalization was the advent of the “information super-highway,” the immediacy of text messaging has far surpassed the “old days” of checking your e-mail before you go to bed or when you first come in the office in the morning. The mere idea of being able to send your immediate thought to your cousin in India while sitting on the toilet is sobering and quite honestly, mind boggling!