Modern Family is a comedy series that, I assume many of us watch and if not, has heard of it or seen clips from the show. The show is shot in a mockumentary style looking at the different ways the families live; different generations, ages, culture, and values. Modern Family is a great example of an international television show that has characters from different family backgrounds showing the relationships between parental and their children. This show shows an increasing way with communication technology and the way each person perceives one another family member.
There are many different cultures that are incorporated in this show whether it is Gloria being latino or Cameron and Mitchell being gay fathers.
Here is an example of Gloria Pritchett in the show:
One of the aspects I’ll be focusing on is the conflict communication style that Gloria uses because of her lack of ability to communicate clearly with other family members (being from another culture, different language, different accent, different morals, beliefs and values). Conflict styles have two dimensions, when we look at Gloria’s case, she is very concerned for herself and there is an importance for her as an individual to maintain her own face of her Latino culture.
When dealing with conflict, it is evident that Gloria is more dominating because she more hot tempered and seems to use the language barrier as a way to get angry at different family member because of the lack of understanding and communication. Another style of conflict communication that Gloria uses is obliging and just giving up on a situation because she cannot break the barriers of culture and understanding with others. There are times when her husband, Jay tells her to calm down or to repeat what she is trying to say. In this case, she is using an integrating style or a third party help; Jay and Gloria are both aware of what she is trying to say but they work together to help others understand.
To help us move forward in this conversation, try finding another character in the show or find a character in another TV show that incorporates the idea of internationalism and the way they use the Face Negotiation Theory.