Culture gap

by Richard on April 26, 2004

Wood has struggled to explain British attitudes on firearm ownership to his American friends.

Haven’t we all?

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Wood 04.27.04 at 8:02 am

Well, quite.

I found the fact that William Gibson explained it in terms of aa American’s reaction to the notion of “class” quite helpful, though. Haven’t had any feedback from any Americans, though.


Richard 04.27.04 at 8:26 am

I thought it was helpful too.
For me, the culture gap was illustrated by differing attitudes to health care. Most British would regard the NHS as a national treasure (even more valuable than Prince Philip, Mike!) and undeniably A Good Thing. But the Americans I’ve spoken to about it (which I admit were hardly a representative sample) seemed to regard it as a work of the devil, an evil manifestation of communism.
I need to keep reminding myself that our well-constructed rational arguments often rest on cultural assumptions - if those are not shared or at least made explicit, the arguments coming from them are not going to make sense.

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