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08.06.2011 20:13

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
Question to the OP. Why "Americans" specifically? Why not anyone who faces foreigners trying to talk to them about their domestic politics. I'm sure Chinese, South Koreans, Saudis, Russians etc face it a lot too.

08.06.2011 20:13

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A show about women running around in their underwear is just as bad as making fun of genocide?

The clip was in poor taste, and irrelevant to the discussion.
No Benny Hill features as an old man he makes sexual jokes about school girls in uniform, people of African descent, Germans and the Fatherland, etc. he is of course popular in Switzerland.

Comedy is not irrelevant it is hugely politicized which is why at court there was of course a jester, a major tool for Shakespeare.

08.06.2011 20:16

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
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Originally Posted by economisto (Post 1222474)
Question to the OP. Why "Americans" specifically? Why not anyone who faces foreigners trying to talk to them about their domestic politics. I'm sure Chinese, South Koreans, Saudis, Russians etc face it a lot too.

Well I could hazard a guess!

Guest 08.06.2011 20:20

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Originally Posted by economisto (Post 1222474)
Question to the OP. Why "Americans" specifically? Why not anyone who faces foreigners trying to talk to them about their domestic politics. I'm sure Chinese, South Koreans, Saudis, Russians etc face it a lot too.

Two reasons:

  • The thread which inspired this thread was about Americans;
  • I suspect Americans get it in the ear more than most people, as their country is more important than anyone else's (and subject to a fair bit of fashionable disapproval in Europe).
I did invite contributions from citizens of other countries, but I don't think any of them have responded yet.

08.06.2011 20:25

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
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Is that relevant?

Please stop derailing the thread with your tasteless "comedy".
And you ask what happens when foreigners want to ask about American politics?

For the East coast and many American Jews this comedy is their cup of tea. Don't ask of you don't want the answer.

OK perhaps more to your taste.

Midwest humour:


Guest 08.06.2011 20:26

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
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Originally Posted by hoppy (Post 1222495)
OK perhaps more to your taste.

More to my taste would be an intelligent contribution to the thread.

There's already a Youtube of the Day thread for this kind of rubbish. :rolleyes:

NSchulzi 08.06.2011 20:39

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As, to date, 16% of voters have said that they would rather discuss something other than American politics, this thread has predictably gone off at a bit of tangent, as many threads do ...

08.06.2011 20:41

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
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More to my taste would be an intelligent contribution to the thread.

There's already a Youtube of the Day thread for this kind of rubbish. :rolleyes:
I am unsure as to what the thread is getting at. Have you ever had a problem asking Americans about politics? It sounds to me as if you have a bee in your bonnet. OK, but I thought that you view of Americans was that most are not that knowledgeable- especially when it comes to politics. Anyway, I guess it won't be long before you call me a stupid bint again to try to get me to shut up.

08.06.2011 20:49

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Weapons of Mass Discussion - New Research Shows 77 Percent of Americans Think it's Impossible to Candidly Discuss Politics
According to a recent poll conducted by VitalSmarts and the New York Times bestselling authors of Crucial Conversations, 77 percent of people avoid discussing politics, and one in ten even report that they stay away from political banter at all costs.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/09/prweb1313014.htm

marton 08.06.2011 21:06

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
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Two reasons:

  • The thread which inspired this thread was about Americans;
  • I suspect Americans get it in the ear more than most people, as their country is more important than anyone else's (and subject to a fair bit of fashionable disapproval in Europe).
I did invite contributions from citizens of other countries, but I don't think any of them have responded yet.
About "I did invite contributions from citizens of other countries, but I don't think any of them have responded yet?"

I wonder why?

Choose from
1. Title of the thread is "Americans....", might discourage non - Americans?
2. Title of thread continues "Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?" I suppose it is remotely possible that citizens of other countries are discouraged from participating by this title?
3. Citizens of other countries fall asleep before they have read all through the contributions?
4. (Opportunity for others to postulate possible reasons)

Guest 08.06.2011 21:18

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
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Originally Posted by marton (Post 1222543)
I wonder why?

I don't. :)

MathNut 08.06.2011 21:30

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
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Originally Posted by economisto (Post 1222474)
Question to the OP. Why "Americans" specifically? Why not anyone who faces foreigners trying to talk to them about their domestic politics. I'm sure Chinese, South Koreans, Saudis, Russians etc face it a lot too.

Well, whoever you ask you'd expect the answer to be highly culturally determined - so if you are trying to learn something (as opposed to jump-start a debate) it makes sense to focus your polling, right?

Anyway I wouldn't give a penny for all the rationalizations above. All smokescreen and flapdoodle if you ask me. What I heard was that DB is married to an American and (quite understandably) anxious to ascertain whether he's got hold of a weirdo or a normal one.

Guest 08.06.2011 21:32

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Originally Posted by MathNut (Post 1222568)
DB is married to an American and (quite understandably) anxious to ascertain whether he's got hold of a weirdo or a normal one.

DB already knows the answer to that question. :msnshock:

NSchulzi 08.06.2011 21:34

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DB already knows the answer to that question. :msnshock:
So that's normal then ...

Guest 08.06.2011 21:35

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
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Originally Posted by Nicolaschulz (Post 1222577)
So that's normal then ...

Maybe I should start a poll...

st2lemans 08.06.2011 21:49

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
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Originally Posted by hoppy (Post 1222438)
I think find Benny Hill offensive at times

And I LOVE Benny Hill, at ALL times!

(ESPECIALLY when he is construed as offensive)

Tom

P.S. None the less, with all respect V.

miniMia 08.06.2011 21:54

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
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Originally Posted by MathNut (Post 1222568)
Anyway I wouldn't give a penny for all the rationalizations above. All smokescreen and flapdoodle if you ask me. What I heard was that DB is married to an American and (quite understandably) anxious to ascertain whether he's got hold of a weirdo or a normal one.

Well, I would guess whatever the nationality of the girl he'd have gotten aholda she'da been a weird one. So the question is mute really. And that is a good thing. ;)

Phil_MCR 08.06.2011 22:21

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
need to watch that film and tv show. thanks! :)

cannut 08.06.2011 22:23

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
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DB already knows the answer to that question. :msnshock:
And the answer is ?:D

Lejoker 09.06.2011 21:46

Re: Americans: Foreigners who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?
 
Benny Hill? I'm now starting to feel too young :D


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