Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Aug 2010 22:19 UTC
Multimedia, AV A couple of days ago we talked about how the RIAA and NAB are planning on asking US Congress to mandate FM radio chips inside every cell phone. This plan was met with some ridicule, so the NAB decided to write a blog post addressing the critics. Most of the post is overshadowed by an overdose of America's favourite national pastime: WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. 9/11!
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RE[4]: Why?
by Tuishimi on Thu 26th Aug 2010 15:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why?"
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You don't get anywhere near the same amount of news coverage about Europe that Europeans get about America.

Fine by me, I prefer to stay out of other people's (sovereign nations) business. Why your news covers American domestic affairs is not under my control.

If you did, you probably would comment more

No I would not. Why should I? Why should I judge what is important to the people of another nation who have been raised in a specific and unique environment of their own.

especially if you started seeing news items that make you think "what a bunch of ignorant hicks" (which is more or less the impression we get from the news).

Well, the news does skew and twist issues. That I understand. Watch the news over here for an hour and you'll probably want to vomit!

The funny thing is, absurd federal mandates like "all cell phones must have FM radios" is just the sort of nonsense the EU occasionally pushes through.

I think in the end, people are people and governments are governments no matter where you go. I get up in the morning, give my daughter a kiss (she's always first in the room, climbing on us), pet my dogs, play with the cats, feed them, brew a pot of coffee and go to work. I "get home" (in quotes because I work from home) make dinner and hang out with my wife and kids and go to bed.

My government makes mistakes. Sometimes the officials TRY to do the RIGHT thing but mess up in their implementation. Sometimes they are just corrupt, tainted by corporate lobbyists and big money. People are susceptible to such things.

No matter how you slice it, it's a mess. The political culture has mutated into something I personally don't like (and others as well) but nothing is instantaneous. Groups try to change the way things are done...

I just don't see how or why this makes US citizens "ignorant hicks" (I know, not your words). Finally, one last thing to consider... the news agencies HERE love the big or flashy stories and often focus on something that is a minority, fidget with poll numbers by asking questions that force a strange answer, etc.

Most of the news is crap these days.

I've had the pleasure to work with Europeans from Ireland, Germany and France. Just regular people like myself. In the couple years I worked with them I've had offers to bring my whole family over and stay in their house for a vacation! Very nice people. And what's surprising about that is we worked in a difficult part of our business, dealing with highly disgruntled customers - so there was generally a high level of stress involved. ;) If anything I'd expect them to want to club me over the head.

Anyway, my whole point is we really are all the same. The people who live in South Africa, China, Pakistan... are no different from you or me. The people in power might be annoying, but hey...

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