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Cultural differences; polite disagreement on Frih




Killing some time on Youtube this afternoon, when I should have been working on my thesis defense, I was watching an old interview with Stephen Fry. A segment of the conversation caught my attention in relation to the communication issues that FriHosters have seemed to have in the Philosophy & Religion forum (primarily, elsewhere too), and it had to do with the differences in how English and American people interact, particularly in terms of disagreement, in what is and is not polite. As they were discussing it, I could clearly see what was being said being played out in the thread history of the forum.
The relevant material begins at about the 8:15 mark.


Could it be that cultural differences are more at the heart of the religion conflict than the actual issues being discussed? It seems likely to me; initially I'd thought it was simply personality differences, but, it appears that it may be a little wider applied than the one on one interaction.



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That is really interesting. But I wonder if it is true? Americans seem pretty confrontational amongst all their politeness, look at Jerry Springer lol. They often seem to be 'accusing' people of being socialists, or any number of things, surely that is confrontational. But by that, I'm probably talking about extreme Americans.

It is an interesting thought, that politeness is seen differently. I wonder how much that is behind the arguments.

Surely though, even Americans expect people to disagree with them directly in controversial topics...

Americans, not necessarily here, are pretty quick to tell me what they think of my socialist views. Not much beating around the bush there. Not much couching their thoughts in niceties.

Yeah, good find, interesting thought...
Hello_World on Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:45 am



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