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Old 11-30-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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For me it was someone who told me the U.S. had no culture of it's own. I was like WTF?

If anything we have a culture that the world loves so much that other countries come to enjoy it too, and I am referring to American music, movies and television. Or sports? Football? Basketball? Baseball? College sports? It actually made me so mad because I realized how ignorant this person was.

 
Old 11-30-2011, 12:26 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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I've heard very much ignorant bull about the United States from foreigners, at least online, so I guess all I can do is laugh at the irony of foreigners labeling Americans as ignorant, because it's nothing more than the pot calling the kettle black.

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Old 11-30-2011, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Sports are culture?
 
Old 11-30-2011, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Sports are culture?
Uhm yes. For instance in Brazil soccer is a huge part of their culture, their neighbor to the north Venezuela it is not. In Venezuela baseball is king, but in Brazil baseball doesn't exist. It is part of each of those countries cultures and shapes and defines the people of those countries.
 
Old 11-30-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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I see what you're saying, but it's tough to compare American pop culture (Lil Wayne and The Fast and The Furious) to the Italian Renaissance or Mannerism.
No but on the other hand jazz clubs and festivals are popular in many European cities. A lot of popular music in Europe is just varieties of what was originally American music styles(rock and roll, hip-hop, soul music, techno, house)--and mostly African-American created music styles at that. True the Brits and other Euros put their own spin on it, but all in all it's something they borrowed from our culture.
 
Old 11-30-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Right? Doesn't the superbowl sometimes get 1 billion viewers or close to it? I don't believe the U.S. has a population of 1 billion....
 
Old 11-30-2011, 03:35 PM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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Pretty ridiculous statement, as for better or for worse the U.S. has had arguably the strongest cultural influence of any other single country in the world over the past century. People of nations around the world have been aspiring to emulate american culture to various degrees during the course of the 20th century. Fashion, music, movies, tv, automotive culture, consumption habits, internet usage, etc..

Was this person who said the US had no culture wearing blue jeans at the time by any chance?
 
Old 11-30-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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The fan base is small. Perhaps on par with the number of Americans here that are fans of the English Premier League.

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Right? Doesn't the superbowl sometimes get 1 billion viewers or close to it? I don't believe the U.S. has a population of 1 billion....
I don't have the exact figures, but I believe the viewership for the Super Bowl is generally around 100 million here in the US, plus a few million in foreign country's. Never come close to a billion.

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Old 11-30-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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The fan base is small. Perhaps on par with the number of Americans here that are fans of the English Premier League.



I don't have the exact figures, but I believe the viewership for the Super Bowl is generally around 1 million here in the US, plus a few million in foreign country's. Never come close to a billion.
My mistake of the 1 billinon. Superbowl gets anywhere from 30 million to 40 million viewers. Regardles, to dismiss sports as not part of a country's culture, even more so when it is rarely played outside of that country, is ignorant in itself.
 
Old 11-30-2011, 03:49 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Rock'n'roll was born in America. That's enough culture for me right there. :-)
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