For greatest distances look no further than between two minds.
Mine and Gryhpe’s posts has been deleted as correctly predicted by Gryhpe. Kudos.
I would like to belive that my post deleted for the assumed thread drift rather than unPC content.
With my deleted post, I erected a signpost which pointing out directly to the heart and soul of the problem; Cultural differences may and can act as barriers to stop effective communications or at least as filters.
I suspect Gryphe subsconsciously picked up my message was indeed compiled as high-context message. “You try to cram too much in a small space and make generalizations.” But possibly being unfamiliar with high contex culture unable to pinpoint messages meaning.
Cultural differences exists. Hofstede’s work on this subject made him one the most referred scientists of them all.
MAIB ( and The British) is/are no novice(s) on or stranger(s) to multi-culti thing. They have very rich heritage on it. They had a Wall (Hardrian’s), a dyke ( Offa’s) in their tiny country and part of their country once called as DaneLaw. They coined the word “long hundred”, there is a Lombard Street and a Steel House in Londinium. They created word sterling derived from easterlings. Shakespear was not selling escargots to muslims. He had a wide audience which interested in what transpired at that rotten kingdom. Khaki’s (colour), us navy personnel wearing before those flammable camoes is a relic of interactions of that large empire.
While we are communicating using words and employing concepts within a certain contex, we aim to create a visual image at the mind of recipient.
What MAIB says with not advising use of vhf ; Look, you have visual image of the situation in front of you on the screen. You have a visual image as a mental model of the situation on your mind. We have here in the Colreg’s a series of images covering possible situations, overlay them over the mental model of yours and check which one applies and act along the directions.
It really works well on open sea, ( because Picture does not change radically within time frame)no need to communicate which was not advised…
To understand how this decision making processes Works, one have to take a look at the Naturalistic Decision Making here http://dspace.dsto.defence.gov.au/dspace/bitstream/1947/3813/1/DSTO-GD-0279%20PR.pdf
But ( a very big but ) in ports and inland waters with physical constraints picture changes pdq. Thus we need to send a series of Pictures to other person(s) hence we grab the vhf in order to try to reach an agreement.
Actually ”meet me on one” is a caption on a Picture. If one can not bring caption and Picture together can not make out the meaning of the message.
Low context culture vs High context culture communications breakdown explained.
“Songs by Cole Porter which song do you like most? I like I’am ashamed”
Check this message out. It is about a song writer and one of his famous songs. Right? The answer is yes and no.
If you take it as a low context message : yes.
If you take it as high context message : no.
Let us check the context; at time of posting of this message, my profile clearly indicated my nationality, that i was ex-navy turned merchant marine captain and i was interested in error chains.
What is the context in this message? It is actually who i am. My interest sphere clearly stated as marine ( military and merchant ) and error chains, also time stamp is important.
With this information we can deduce that something happened in my interest sphere preceding days of posting time.
An error in maritime sector possibly means an accident. When we check news we find that an us navy destroyer named porter, on august 12th, 2012 collided with a tanker named otowasan in strait of hormuz.
Porter? Cole Porter? than what about Cole? Ah! yes! it is another us navy ship damaged in terrorist attack.
When we check facts, we can find out that captain of the uss porter clearly in breach of collision regulations and his handling of ship lacks professionalism.
But we can not blame captain of uss cole with such unprofessional conduct. Blame should be laid at the top brass of us navy. Because captain’s hands were tied with rules of engagement stipulated by top brass.
in both instances criticism should be directed to top brass of us navy.
Hence a simple sentence about music becomes
"uss cole and uss porter, i am ashamed"
criticism directed at us navy command.
In low context cultures onus of delivering a clear cut message is on the originator. Recipient of such message expects a clear cut message and he does not have to delve into the message to extract a meaning. Message expilicitly conveys meaning.
In high context cultures originator formulates the message in such a way that , to convey it’s meaning context should be understood by the recipient. Onus is on the recipient to deduce the meaning of message. Indeed in my native language a saying is coined such as; " Recipient should be smarter than originator."
As clearly seen on that thread ( which is on another forum), when context is not considered meaning is lost and communication is broken.
You may feel that this" putting message into a context" is onerous work, but with time it becomes automatic and second nature. After understanding this message, one tags me with “interested in naval affairs” in order to put into context and understand my further messages.
For crm purposes ( what we call brm, bridge resources management) listen to USS Porter bridge conversations it is off great instructional and learning value.
Drama has two more layers. First, There is another ship called USS Porter. Actually USS William D. Porter DD-579. Story here http://www.cracked.com/article_19637...same-ship.html
Second, Porter (TB-6) who shot a live torpeo at cruiser New York during manoeuvres. One may excuse her because she was green (literally, she was painted green.)
What an unlucky name for a ship.