The United States is a country that was created by many different races of people. These very different people brought their language, beliefs, and values with them. In this new country these ideas were all combined to make what we know as today’s America.
This could not have happened in an environment where openness wasn’t welcomed. Openness refers to the extent to which a system affects and is affected by outside factors and processes (Communication Mosaics; pg 186). Basically, people and society may change and adapt to different ideas and ways of life that they come in contact with.
A good example of openness in our society is by exploring our English language. English contains words from languages all around the globe. Many words take their origins from Latin, German, and French languages. Some examples of words derived from Latin are ingredient, degree, congress, egress, and progress. Openness allows our language to add on new words all the time. A good example of this has been with the newly forming computer age. Such words as internet, modem, and floppy disk were never introduced until they became essential to describe a new object.
In our textbook, Julia Wood states, “Communication is also effected by the larger systems within which it takes place.” I believe this is true and plays the role of explaining why openness has to happen. One example of one system affecting another has come up in the last few years. Development of satellite television has made it possible for different countries to view American stations. This has caused uproar in many countries as elders worry that their culture will be lost due to the youth adapting to the American way of lifestyle. Some countries, such as Iran, have gone so far as to ban the use of satellites to receive foreign programming. This proves that there are different degrees of openness in every culture.
Recently, with advances in political correctness, openness h...