This was shared by one of my intercultural communication students, who is in the throws of producing a documentary on culture.

This was shared by Andrew B., one of my students in Intercultural Communication. It shows some of the challenges of language.

So, P’s perception of O enters into the determination of whether O has power over P. This is an important dimension of power: whether a person views another as being powerful determines, to a large degree, how much power the other actually has.
Pg. 261, OCAG (via ashleysodt)
COM 490: Seminar/Capstone students, here is an example of what I am teaching you is actually used in everyday, noncollege life. Thanks Patrick Erwin for sharing:
Went to the meeting last night at my church - the one where I said I’d been using a task analysis (or a version of one) for brainstorming.
This was the document we got when we arrived - some familiar steps/tools for our class! 
Asker Anonymous Asks:
I went to library school because I wanted to change careers after the recession. Bad idea; I'm depressed, broke & stuck in a program for which I have no passion. I volunteer at a library because I need experience & I get good grades, but I can't seem to motivate myself to go the extra mile—network, go to conferences, etc. Will finish my degree because dropping out would be pointless (w/o an MA I'd have nothing to show for all this), but I'm so burned out. Do you have any advice or encouragement?
prorhetoric prorhetoric Said:


whoa—i’m sorry to hear this.

my honest advice would be if you’re under halfway through the program—get out now. having the MA but no passion for the work is as useless as no degree at all.

but if you’re set on seeing the degree through, i’m not sure exactly how to help here. i will say, if you’re turned off by ‘library’ work, you should explore research positions beyond libraries. i work in a corporate setting—few people i work with, my patron/clients included, don’t even know i’m a librarian. to them i’m just a part of their research team. there are lots of other avenues like this—legal work, prospect research, record management, metadata stuff of all sorts, analytics work available pretty much everywhere…

so again, i’m not sure. i’d say you need good mentoring advice from someone who knows your skills/potential and can give you honest feedback. best of luck to you & i hope your situations improves asap!

Thought I would respond to this somewhat depressing post. First, I have to say I agree with the advice the thelifeguardlibrarian has offered, including the fact that there are different ways to leverage the skills and knowledge one obtains vis-a-vis the process of getting the degree. As you study, focus on other tangible transferable skills and take electives, including those focused on improving you ability to write. There are tons of positions for researchers with technical writing skills: grant writers, social media content strategists, and small business planners.

Always remember that successful people do not follow their passion, they bring their passion. (According to Mike Rowe of the acclaimed Dirty Jobs.) Career advisers, myself included, are able to help you write a story about your skills, knowledge, and background. In short, don’t count you experiences out, find new ways to tell your story. I know it is always easier to give advice than to enact it, but I had many of the same feelings and experiences when I started my M.A. in Intercultural Communication.

Just FYI—Many-a-time I felt burned out too. But I am happy I stayed the course. I hope you can find your optimal path and find sources of energy along the way.

This was submitted by Clare S., a student in my Intercultural Communication course. 

She says:

This website uses the example of comic strips.  Many comic strips use linguistic stereotypes in there comics.  This website shows a few examples.  My personal favorite is the one about the mall.


Just under a third of the male population don’t read books, says a Reading Agency survey. Here are five man-friendly page-turners they might enjoy anyway. Read more

This post is provided by Kayla K., a student in my Intercultural Communication course. It’s pretty funny and probably represents a good portrayal of presentations in this course (for some students).

This was provided by Genova for COM 315: Intercultural Comm.