The Cultural Iceberg

Read about the Cultural Iceberg in the attached document called Across Cultures and write a blog post explaining what this is and how this kind of thinking should influence the way we look at culture and communication

The Cultural Iceberg

The cultural iceberg is a method, that is used for explaining what culture is by showing the aspects that are visible and subconscious. The cultural iceberg is therefore divided in surface culture which is what are visible and deep culture which is subconscious. Some aspects that are visible is for example food, holidays, language, fashion, and literature. While the aspects that shows what is subconscious is divided in communication styles and rules, notions of, concepts of, attitudes towards and approaches to. The iceberg is used as a kind of metaphor for cultural communication, because the part over water is what we can see while the part under water is less visible and explain the values of culture and what we learn to think of it. The deep culture can be aspects like how they act towards others, how their vision towards religion is, how they practice their rules and how they communicate.

This method can be helpful to understand some points of view, but I think culture is a lot more complicated to explain than this. It is though a good aid for understanding more of the aspects involving culture and how much of it that are invisible. It can be a good aid for helping people to think over how they view others from different cultures and to understand and see their values instead of only seeing the aspects which are visible. The iceberg also shows the value of communication, which is extremely important, because different languages uses different ways to communicate past only the language.

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My blog from International English class.

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