I have to say this thread makes me think 'Sour Grapes'.
Recently, I have noticed a real trend in discussions. Americans, or people that purport to be American are getting 'owned' in internet discussions
Alot of the diatribe produced by much of the American community is easily being ripped apart and dissected in a brutal manner by other nationalities
lucky enough to have received a decent basic standard of education and that have exposure to a unfiltered 'world view'. So for the folks that think
they are number one at everything in the world, it's got to be quite disconcerting when they are publicly 'outed' as being on average 44th at most
things. (Thanks Bill Maher!) Bang goes the EGO that most online Americans seem to have.
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Americans per se, I just hate STUPID Americans. Unfortunately for America, there are a lot of them.
Unfortunately for the rest of the world, everywhere else isn't far behind in breeding populations of dim-wits. It could be said that I hold a deep
dislike for 'stupidz' everywhere - and in-line with the OP's idea, there are an awful lot of them on ATS.
Therefore, statistically speaking, there are a lot of stupid Americans that log onto ATS, say something stupid and then wonder why many people shout
"STUPID AMERICAN!" at them. If this forum were more internationally representative, I'm sure the "STUPID!" cries would have a much more
international flavour. In my case, "STUPID BRIT!". Or with Germans, "Du bist eine arschlocke!". etc etc.
My point is, you will always get hate-speech and anti-whoever speech on ATS and internet forums, because quite frankly, alot of us deserve it. I'm
an intellectual snob - if you're too stupid to contribute effectively or in a constructive manner, then expect a backlash for being an idiot.
Because America (and I don't have any joy in saying this) has more morons and idiots with access to the internet than any other country (that point
is professed by many leading U.S. intellectuals), you'll see a converse reaction in terms of sheer annoyance at the presence of dumb Americans on the
internet. Therefore the OP is right, just not for their reasons.
It will be interesting to see the 'smart Americans' sitting back and chuckling quietly as the dumb-arses from their country fall over themselves to
decry this post. Attaboy Spot!