Originally posted by JRCrowley
Why the hell is it that you Americans tend to look at global issues and phenomena as if they only matter to Americans, as if they only relate to
It's fascinating to think that her parents generation and their parents generation weren't as bombarded by television and other media as we are.
I frankly find a lot of television very intrusive and very disturbing. Billboards, too much signage on streets and highways, noise everywhere... how
can we not say that we haven't been disturbed and intruded upon?
I agree that we tend to think on a local level, but I think we could also probably agree that there's more greed, corruption and struggle for global
domination in the United States than in almost any other country. I know that statement is subject to opinion, but I havn't seen Spain, England or
India invade and occupy other countries in centuries. I apologies for making the statements directly from the US standpoint, but face it, if we
eliminate the monitoring here in the states, we eliminate half the world's surveilence as well.
Britian has adopted a notion of self policing it's citizen's with 24-hr surveilence, but to my knowledge there hasn't been too much fussed raised
about it. Even when I've seen the issue discussed here, people may not agree with it, but that was about as far as it went. There was little if any
arguement raised. Honestly, if the US did the same thing, I don't know if I'd be so bothered by it either ... which brings me to my next point:
I don't like the way that we as "consumers" (I hate that capitalist term - rings of "cattle") are bombarded with intrusive advertising, but the
fact remains that when we're in our cars, on a bus, in the mall, or practically anywhere but in our homes – we're still in public domain. This is
space that no one in the world owns and is subject to the whims of the social economy. We decide to drive to work and we make a conscious decision to
accept all that it entails, including the over-sized, obnoxious billboard advertisements. More and more I disagree with the disturbing effects of this
type of society. But, there's not much that can be done about living with capitalism. It seems to be the catalyst for the order of this new
It's only when the intrusiveness drops below this level and into the daily lives of Jane Doe or John Smith. When information such as religion,
ethnicity, political views and other private data that we have the right to protect as private are catalouged and mined daily is when these intrusive
efforts become dangerous. Such information can be used to single different sects and parties out and such information can be turned against them. Such
as when it was the "Muslims" that bombed the church, or it was the "Catholics" that molested the children, or it was the Republicans who ordered
the mass killings, or it was the Latinos that took away your jobs. Such information, when attained and applied in a manipulative manner can be much
more effective at swaying one's views.
I guess I tend to speak in a manner which is inclusive to the United States because that is where I see the most problems. If it weren't for the US
we wouldn't have the wars in Afghanistan, or Iraq. I think the US has done some good around the world, but not as much as it's hurt the world. If
it wasn't for the United States looking after it's own interests during the Afghan/Soviet war, then 9/11 would never have happened and the world
wouldn't be in the situation it is in today. I know I've just opened up and big jar of worms with that statement and now I'll give everyone a
chance to attack and slander me for such a statement. Have at it!
[edit on 19-7-2007 by tyranny22]