What is culture?

Here are a few of the ‘standard’ models used to discuss what culture is with a brief explanation of each model. Most IC trainers have a favorite model or two that they prefer or will use often, but this is generally a way to only begin the discussion.

High Culture versus Low Culture

Both terms ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture are seen as derogatory, or disrespectful toward the other. Popular culture, which changes more rapidly and, within this context is seen as a ‘lesser’ aspect of culture as it relates to socioeconomic status. 

One person’s high culture is another’s low culture and vice versa. This is especially true as many aspects of modern popular culture have become ‘canon’ as it were – having great value, importance, or significance since they were first produced.

What is Culture? 

Just how complex is culture compared to what we usually think it is.

That is, what we can see, hear, taste, and smell versus that which flows under the surface, but is really the engine driving each and every one of our interactions. 

You never know what pressures are affecting a person’s day; in addition to external factors, there could be internal cultural factors at play.

So, be kind to those you encounter. 

What we say, what we mean and what you hear…

When I was younger, the one single place I ended up meeting many of my random girl friends was in the line to the toilet. We were having a shared experience, especially when we seemed to be on the same wee cycle. It’s just  what we do, we chat whenever given the chance, we’re justContinue reading “What we say, what we mean and what you hear…”