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intercultural communication / borat
Journalism & Communication
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Intercultural Communication Breakdowns in the Movie, “Borat” Going to another country with an entirely different culture involves much understanding and adjustment on the part of the tourist. One needs to be equipped with the necessary information about the country of destination and adjust to their culture accordingly.
It would be presumptuous to expect that the people in that country will automatically understand the tourist and his culture especially when he manifests practices which are strange to the natives of the visited country. The film “Borat” illustrates how people from different cultures may clash due to their differences. Intercultural communication can lead to much misunderstanding and misjudgement of people from very different cultures. In the beginning of the film, Borat introduces the audience to his culture in his country Kazakhstan, which may be normal for him and his town mates, but hilariously strange to the viewers of the movie. He depicted people there to be tolerant of aggression and sexual promiscuity with no shame of being prostitutes, rapists, abortionists, etc. They also showed much fear of Jews and had a totally flawed concept of reality. The movie obviously exaggerated such characterization of the culture Borat originated from to illustrate how vastly different it is from modern America. Coming to America to document its culture, Borat and his friend, Azamat had their taste of culture shock as well as shocking Americans with their strange ways. Borat’s usual greeting new people with kisses totally infuriated most people since they may have thought it was harassment. ...
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