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Old 12-05-2011, 08:05 AM
Location: Delaware
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Originally Posted by Charley View Post
Oh you beat me to it! I wanted to mention that our views of the other areas are really a reflection of ourselves. Those who tend to be liberal would look at an area like Sussex and call it very conservative. Those who tend to be conservative look at an area like New York City and call it very liberal. It's who we are that shapes our comparative views of other places and people.

It's not really different that the crime conversations. Despite those who continue to seek out and post all the "horrible crime data and pictures" ad nauseum, the so-called "crime" in Delaware is all relative. For me, coming from New York, Delaware should be a walk in the park. For someone coming from (hmmmm, let's see) Switzerland, it could be a horror show. Again, it depends on who you are, where you come from, and what experiences you've had.

Eccentric? Not really. I think every little corner of the world has it's special characteristics and idiosyncracies. Your own views of any place will always be dependant upon your own frame of reference.
Well said!
And, I'd like to add - Blanket statements such as 'Sussex County being eccentric' are never reliable, well thought out, or taken seriously. That's like saying 'Wilmington is stuffy'.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:34 AM
Location: Center City
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Originally Posted by doctorjef View Post
This isn't about stereotypy bit about objective social and political facts in recent history.
Actually, thou doth protest too much as it is about stereotyping. You have taken the actions of one or two people and then labeled an entire area "eccentric."

"It’s said that stereotypes are based in truth, but is this a valid statement? People who make this argument often want to justify their use of stereotypes. The problem with stereotypes is that they suggest that groups of people are inherently prone to certain behaviors. " (http://racerelations.about.com/od/un...Stereotype.htm)

Originally Posted by doctorjef View Post
You seem unable to try to explain why the identity and politics of Sussex seem so fundamentally different to those of Kent and New Castle.
Perhaps it's because folks are not buying into your premise? Sorry, but just because you proffer a stereotype doesn't make it true. As far as your views go, I'll quote something I just read: "You seem unable to try to explain why the identity and politics of Sussex seem so fundamentally different to those of Kent and New Castle." Until you do so, I remain among those who find this another silly, trumped up and intellectually lazy thread.

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