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In this essay, one will emphasis on the cultural aspects of Mexico, how Mexican cultural compares to the United States and the impact of mass media on intercultural communication. The Mexican culture is an incredibly diverse territory that encompasses several identities, alsoknown as micro-cultures. Throughout history, the Mexican people had many influences from ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures which have helped define not only the country but their culture as well. The Mexican culture is a product of unification of local and home-grown traditions and practices, and the most significant impact was the Spanish colonial presence within their lives. Although during these times, the Mexican people struggled to encourage and delineate a true Mexican identity. However, through it all, today the Mexican culture is vibrantlydiverse with a resilient sense of pride connected to their communities and traditions. In Mexicansociety, family is critical and plays a vital role in their everyday lives, traditions, and refinement. In a journal article published by the University of Northern Colorado, described how Mexican’s attained social control and their cultural identity by (Doremus, 2000):“stressing the notion of a shared or collective identity.” “compensation for social and economic inequalities and containing social tensions.”“emphasizing character traits important to Mexicans for a new era.”“gain self-awareness, or to be authentic.”The majority of the Mexican people speak Spanish; however, there will be some differences in the pronunciation of words as well as the different styles of communication (like Spanglish) depending on where in Mexico, the individual is born and raised. Furthermore, Mexicans are known for their religious values and beliefs in the church where one believes that “what God has united cannot be separated by man” (Evason, 2019).
Regardless, where someone is from society is widely influenced by mass-media. It tends to govern our thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors towards other cultures and society in general. Since this type of media is in our everyday life, the nonsense becomes believable, and we began making assumptions and stereotyping different individuals that do not fit within our so-called norm. For example, our president used disparaging comments, assumptions, and stereotypes in several media releases about the Mexican people, in an article in Time magazine,