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Culture can best be described as a way of life for distinctively unique human populations passed from one generation to the next. It includes language, behaviors, social values, customs, beliefs, and worldviews. Culture also provides a roadmap to help guide interaction among members of the culture.

Participatory cultures encourage an ongoing exchange between all members of the community. For example, one of the most basic communication patterns in these cultures, the “call and response,” is a culturally derived and socially understood method of engaging one another in group conversation that has survived for multiple generations. In fact, the mere expectation of audience participation has, for all intents and purposes, been elevated to the level of requirement. It’s an affirmation to all that “we are ...

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