Just like Weaver in his speech at the 10th Anniversary of Aoyama Gakuin University’s International Communication program, he addressed that IC Program is a still relatively a new field of study, which did not even exist thirty-five years ago. Some countries might not even have the specific international communication programs until now. Several days ago a lady who is a journalist in my Spanish class, asked me “So are you pursuing in the new media related field or the traditional media for your career plan?” I was kind of stuck because I knew most people would put “communication” in the school of communication such as using information and communication technologies to make films and so on. Then I elaborated my utterance a little bit more clear “Well, I study at American University’s School of International Service, and our IC Program pays more attention to the multidisciplinary approach. Technically, our program is within International Relations, while using communication as a tool to solve programs at multi levels such as nation states level or even individual level.”
In Weaver’s article, he gave a lot of his personal experience to demonstrate why he thinks international communication is very important, especially pays attention to cultural perspective. In his article, we can capture some details about how United States’ public diplomacy changes from 1950s to the current time. The modernization theory was popular in the 1950s and 1960s, even though I was not born at that specific time period. But as a citizen from a developing country, I did see how the modernization development theory influences China. China also has learned a lot of lesson how to adapt the Western development theory into its own specific national situations. I would admit that some of the learning experience was very awful, bitter such as the “The Great Leap Forward in the 1958 to 1961 initiated by Chairman Mao.” (For more detail, please check at the website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Leap_Forward) The political leaders drew attention to the economic development, while ignoring the specific situation.
Also, Weaver gave critiques towards Samuel Huntington’s works of art such as Huntington’s book The Clash of Civilizations. This book was published during the cold war and Huntington was a Cold War Realist. It seems to me that Huntington insists that human conflicts is obviously not avoidable, so the best way to prevent an attack is that you are stronger than your neighbors. I guess that is why during the Cold War, the best word to describe the world politics is “compete” rather than “cooperate”. But right now our global world has changes, with globalization; nation states are more interrelated to each other. People need to talk, communicate instead of fighting to solve a problem. Also, hate can never solve a problem. Just think about the 9/11 Terrorism, also just thought about the recent news “burning Quran by a pastor of Florida”. Does burning Islamic holy book will comfort the thousands of American victims? We need hope instead of hate. We need rational behavior instead of impulsive thoughts. After finishing this blogging, I am on the way to Professor Abkor’s lecture at the DC Jewish Community Center.