Re: [NTLK] Fwd: [re the next NewtCon] all about Canada

From: Ryan Vetter <>
Date: Tue Sep 02 2008 - 15:41:09 EDT

Ya, I think people just pretend to be ignorant of Canada for fun.  Nobody is that stupid.  The questions and answers are funny, but tired.  I think the best thing for anyone living anywhere is not only to understand their history and their culture, but others too.  As much as I support our neighbours in the US, I do think Americans exist in a isolated vaccuum.  Not all, but that is the impression.
When I read and study American businessmen, icons, etc., it is like the authors make these broad sweeping statements about how great these people are without any reference to anyone else in the world.  Let's take the evolution of computers.  Most books in the US about the history of computing (the myriad I have read), focus completely on the American computer establishment.  The authors make no reference to Soviet or British computer technology, where they had their own desktop computers and interfaces in the 1950s and beyond.  While Xerox, Jobs, and company did some pretty great things, there were other things going on the world of computing elsewhere.  But none of that gets mentioned though.

I do support America, and Americans sometimes surprise me with how honest and upfront they are in business, but I think the world would be better off if Americans started thinking about themselves in relation to others, in a global landscape.


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