Beyond Culture - Chapter 6, Context and Meaning Summary & Analysis

Edward T. Hall
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The function of the screening of data by the nervous system is to prevent overloading of the system by excessive amounts of input data. This is accomplished by preprogramming the individual and embodies the concept of "context" as defined in the field of communications. Communications data can be described as being high context or low context. The context of a signal carries with it varying amounts of meaning, dependent on the context. A signal that carries a large amount of meaning in relation to a small amount of code is designated as being High-Context (HC); the opposite case is designated as Low Context (LC). A high-context communication or message is one in which the major part of the information is contained in the physical context while very little is embodied in the explicit transmitted code. A low-context communication is...

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