Greggory Senechal (gsenecha@CHAT.CARLETON.CA)
Wed, 22 Feb 1995 19:52:44 GMT

Faybienne Geenhuizen (fgeenhzn@IU.NET) wrote:
> What can be done about it? Can't do much about the audience, but
> participation is up to each of us. Step up to the microphone and
> let us hear what you have to say. I, for one, hunger for
> non-American viewpoints. American I can get everyday. Just open
> my front door and what what do I see? Americans, horizon to horizon,
> as far as the eye can see. I don't have to pay an internet
> provider for that.
> And maybe the audience isn't as American as it seems. Maybe the
> Americans just have bigger mouths. If more members from other
> countries would post, you might be encouraged to see how many
> fellow Canadians, Australians, British, etc., there are present
> in this group.

I don't know about Americans (I'm perfectly happy using that
term for people from the USA) having "bigger mouths". But I would say
that it is a cultural norm in the US for people to talk for the sake
of talking (this is coming out all wrong).
I would further submit that it is norm in Canada for people
to wait until they have something meaningful to say before saying it.
The same would apply to action. Canadians tend to wait until they
feel quite strongly about a particular issue before they take action
to correct it. No value judgements made here... Just observations.

Of course there are exceptions to every rule...

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