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DonD BS: Are Americans 'insular'? (114* d) RE: BS: Are Americans 'insular'? 18 May 02


As an American (pardon, US) xenophile, I'm much more interested in posts from and about the UK and elsewhere than almost anywhere in the States. Title a thread "UK 'Catters only" and I'm hooked.

I'm not insular, parochial or provincial -- I'm a New Yorker. Of course the Yankees are supposed to win the world series. And the Rock is supposed to win the World Wrestling Federation. What part of the word 'hype' don't you understand.

When I read a thread, I usually start at the top and work my way down to the bottom, and only go back to look at who posted if there is some particular geographical reference or outrageous provocation, in which latter case I must say I am not to surprised to find it is from GUEST.

I'm not insular, but that doesn't mean all Yanks aren't insular; those GUEST flames don't mean all guests are assholes.

I've been to Oahu, but never to Ohio; I've been in St.Moritz but never in St. Louis, etc, etc. but what's that got to do with anything as long as I remember when I express an opinion where I got my information from and what I base it on. Everyone has preconceptions and prejudices but the important thing is to be aware of them, resist a holier-than-thou attitude, and avoid impugning others knowledge or motives.

It's as clear as the moon in the sky on a cloudless night: assholes will reveal themselves. If you suspect you might be one, don't moon, I mean post.




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