Nonverbal communication is governed by cultural rules and norms. Some would suggest that giving someone “the bird” is still considered a universally offensive gesture in the US today. Others suggest that we have become desensitized to the communicative value of such gestures because they are becoming more commonplace, particulary in our media today. What do you think? Have you given “the bird” or been a recipient of it? Is this nonverbal gesture still as offensive as it used to be or is the meaning assigned to it changing?
Video 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02EJ1IdC6tE