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Does America have its own culture?
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Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15
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There's multiple cultures in America.
Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15

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anzn wrote:

Unless you count stealing/ruining/whitewashing other cultures as American culture then no.


Well no I cant say I agree with you there. Blues, Folk, Country, R&B, Rock and Roll, Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop. All of that's American. Was alot of it whitewashed? Yes but the original pre-whitewashed versions of said music originated in America.

Yeah, but all that music technically originated from other countries that sorta developed into its own thing.
Like I said before. I see it as a home to many different cultures. But I don't see America itself, as a whole, a culture.

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I'm not trying to say we have no culture whatsoever. But since this is like, the immigrant country from various parts of the world, I don't like to see America in itself as a culture. Because I feel its grouping together the different & huge variety of the different cultures created here, that obviously everyone in the country isnt all a part of. and just saying "American culture" I see it as watering down all the cultures that reside here that I find to be very great, rich, and unique.
If that makes sense.
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Yeah. I think we have our own culture.
Sure, it's a modified culture of other cultures....but if we're going to be technical....didn't the human race originate from one spot and spread outward over the years? So technically, we're all imitating a common culture...it's just been modified over a greater amount of time/distance.
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anzn wrote:


nooneinparticular wrote:


anzn wrote:

Unless you count stealing/ruining/whitewashing other cultures as American culture then no.


You can't steal or ruin culture, only borrow and adapt. It's how we make progress. With globalization it's inevitable.

Then what is this




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The first two I completely agree with(especially white people wearing Rastafarian stuff) but Iggy is Australian and is ripping off a style and culture of music invented in America.
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Yes, it is unique to itself. It is like an old fashion clock. Each gear is a separate sub/culture, from different groups. Some gears came from other countries, some where home forged. They do not always fit together, but they somehow make it work. Together, they make a mainstream culture (a clock).
If you are still not convince, sing "Yankee Doodle Dandy". . Wait, the British gave us that song. . Have some cornflakes.
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I think it's a bunch of cultures dancing together is what makes the culture of America. A true American culture though, maybe? If it's anything I think it's one of those things that's so incredibly vague that it's ineffable or can only be described vaguely. It's so dynamical it's hard to tell what it really is.
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Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15

anzn wrote:


megahobbit wrote:


anzn wrote:

Unless you count stealing/ruining/whitewashing other cultures as American culture then no.


Well no I cant say I agree with you there. Blues, Folk, Country, R&B, Rock and Roll, Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop. All of that's American. Was alot of it whitewashed? Yes but the original pre-whitewashed versions of said music originated in America.

Yeah, but all that music technically originated from other countries that sorta developed into its own thing.
Like I said before. I see it as a home to many different cultures. But I don't see America itself, as a whole, a culture.


Well yeah but for me thats like saying that the Germans invented Detroit Techno cause of Kraftwerks influence on the genre. Influence is one thing but for me you can create something culturally on its own while taking influence from another genre.
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culture isn't generally something you can know a lot about, it is something natural. Anything that is common and accepted between a group of people who are from the same country that is rather unique or special can IMO be called a"culture", even if its silly and idiotic in comparison of other countries.
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anzn wrote:
Yeah, but all that music technically originated from other countries that sorta developed into its own thing.
Edit:
I'm not trying to say we have no culture whatsoever. But since this is like, the immigrant country from various parts of the world, I don't like to see America in itself as a culture. Because I feel its grouping together the different & huge variety of the different cultures created here, that obviously everyone in the country isnt all a part of. and just saying "American culture" I see it as watering down all the cultures that reside here that I find to be very great, rich, and unique.
If that makes sense.


Okay I understand that more but while I do agree that America is made up of multiple cultures and doesnt have one uniform culture I dont think that influence and intermingling of these cultures is a bad thing or watering down. I would call white artists covering African American artists songs in the 50s to appeal to white audiences watering down the culture but I would not call Jamacian DJs using samples of American funk, and R&B to create Hip-Hop a watering down of either culture.
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There's multiple cultures in America.


The 6 is in Canada.
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America can claim much of what popular is. However like the manufacturing jobs it's probably being crated up for shipment to China in the near future.
You already are seeing it in Hollywood movies.

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Posted 8/2/15

megahobbit wrote:


narutosonic330 wrote:

NO FLEX ZONE

CLUB GOING UP ON A TUESDAY

I DONT FWU!!!

I WAS RUNNIN THRU DA 6 WIT MY WOOOES

There's multiple cultures in America.


The 6 is in Canada.


The only difference between America and Canada is that the second main language is French
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I feel like American comedy is very much a part of our culture. There's a long history of comedy in all parts of the world, people do love to joke after all. But America, being the huge melting pot that it is, has experienced all different types of humor from every corner of the globe and allowed a unique mixture of styles and techniques that have become its own thing. Sketch comedy, standup, hell even ventriloquism has become a big thing. Farcical news networks and corporations such as the onion and the daily show have done a fantastic job of putting current events into perspective. I know that comedy has its roots in many other parts of the world, but it always has and will have a place at the heart of American culture
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I'm pretty sure we run the culture of obese people, hamburgers and fries, and uh.. ruining other culture's food and saying it's legit.
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