Taiaka Wrote:Mock what I said however you wish, but tell me how many teenagers read Steinbeck or even know who Bob Dylan is.
I'd say the same is true for equivalents in the UK and Ireland as well.
Quote:America is a country of immigrants who killed off their native peoples, a young country with a hodgepodge of wild traditions and no common ground. All those examples you cite of culture? None goes further back than, what, 1920? Compare that with the Chinese dynasties or Incan architechture and get back to me, yah?
Certainly, the USA is a relatively young country (my former regular pub is older than the USA). It would indeed by a very valid point to say that the USA's culture - or perhaps more specifically history - is young. But that is a far cry from saying that "overall, Americans are devoid of culture".
In fact if we're using a general description of culture - as opposed to just privaleged items (eg cannon literature) - then all TV and music is culture and as such I would argue that many Americans engage in a hell of a lot more culture than equivalent Europeans.
Quote:The one lesson they need to learn is humility
I find it absolutely hilarious that you insult Americans en masse and then claim they need to learn humility. Eye, plank. Plank, eye.
Every country has good aspects and every country has bad aspects. To claim that Americans "overall" are "devoid of culture" is a sweeping and extreme generalisation that has so far lacked any support from you. I don't think that comparing American culture to, say, Chinese is very useful because the societies in general vary very widely. So, picking (probably) the two most similar countries, can you explain to me how the USA is "devoid" of culture as compared to Canada or the UK?
As for appropriating the mythos of other cultures - groups of humans have been doing this for a very long time indeed. Look at the Christianisation of pagan beliefs (or the paganisation of Christian beliefs?) as Christianity spread through Europe. Or how Rome "borrowed" ideas from Greece. Or the relationships between Mesoamerican cultures.
As a Northern Irish person (who is considering getting an Irish passport - at which point I'll stop bitching if people call me Irish) with Scottish heritage, my culture is indeed one of the ones that gets appropriated most often. And you know what? While I often think it's ridiculous, sometimes even offensive, it doesn't damage my culture one bit but it certainly enriches the lives of those that "appropriate" it.