Monday, June 12, 2006

Post modern intercultural political communication

As doomsayers go this guy has one of the more interesting doomsday story lines. (Because Blogger won't publish this post because the HTML wasn't excepted here is the link to the story: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2220267_1,00.html)

ONE of Britain’s most senior military strategists has warned that western civilisation faces a threat on a par with the barbarian invasions that destroyed the Roman empire.



In an apocalyptic vision of security dangers, Rear Admiral Chris Parry said future migrations would be comparable to the Goths and Vandals while north African "barbary" pirates could be attacking yachts and beaches in the Mediterranean within 10 years.

Europe, including Britain, could be undermined by large immigrant groups with little allegiance to their host countries — a "reverse colonisation" as Parry described it. These groups would stay connected to their homelands by the internet and cheap flights. The idea of assimilation was becoming redundant, he said.


I don't know about you but an increase in pirates sounds pretty cool. I wonder if there will be an increase in ninjas with the pirate population explosion?

Now I'm no military strategist or an international political analyst so I can't tell you oh sexy readers if this will happen or not but I'm pretty sure some of it will come to pass. Now is the time to rally around the communication expert, the sexy professor's time has arrived. The fragmentation of nation state allegiance, communication and social identity mixed in with intercultural communication and politcal communication with the mass migration of populations will offer ample opportunity to research and provide activist/action/applied communication suggestion.

The article went on to say:

Parry pointed to the mass migration which disaster in the Third World could unleash. "The diaspora issue is one of my biggest current concerns," he said. "Globalisation makes assimilation seem redundant and old-fashioned . . . [the process] acts as a sort of reverse colonisation, where groups of people are self-contained, going back and forth between their countries, exploiting sophisticated networks and using instant communication on phones and the internet."

It is that very redundancy of assimilation into the nation state that makes communication so very important. No longer will the national narrative/mythos draw the people together so those countries seeing the increase of immigration must meet the newcomers with communication strategies that welcome them while allowing for autonomy. Usually in times of mass immigration xenophobic nationalistic feelings take hold of the population. Those feelings must also be met with and neutralized as much as possible. How is that done? Through careful message generation. The communication scholar can study and create such messages. This is the time of better understanding communication. I realize it I just hope those in power will, but they won't.

The article went on:

Third World instability would lick at the edges of the West as pirates attacked holidaymakers from fast boats. "At some time in the next 10 years it may not be safe to sail a yacht between Gibraltar and Malta," said the admiral.

That has nothing to do with communication. I just find it hard to sympathize with those poor yacht people who can't sail their yachts in the waters.

~Phineas

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