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[2]: Why?
by Tuishimi on Thu 26th Aug 2010 06:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Why?"
Tuishimi
Member since:
2005-07-06

"Why do non-Americans find it necessary to comment (and not generally favorably) on purely American issues?


Because Americans find it necessary to comment (and generally not favorably) on issues in every other country?
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Really? I just don't see that. I don't comment, no one I "hang" with does either. One friend wants to move to Canada. My wife loves (and has stayed there for awhile, twice) Spain. My co-workers never mention Europe or China or any other union or country for that matter in day to day conversation (unless something unfortunate has happened and it is to commiserate, like a plane crash)... mostly if it is politics we concern ourselves with local politics (gun laws, marriage laws, taxes, etc.)

I mean, WHAT would Americans have to say about the PEOPLE in other countries? "Oh those Italians, wow, they have big noses and womanize all day long!" I mean, seriously? Most people I know have enough to worry about here, at home; no need to worry about your problems.

I agree with you though, air raid sirens is obviously only usefull in urban areas. Plus, sirens does not actually inform you what is wrong, only that something is wrong. You'd still have to find a way to listen to a radio or watch a TV so even in this case it could be an advantage to have a radio in your phone.


Thank you.

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RE[3]: Why?
by maethorechannen on Thu 26th Aug 2010 12:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
maethorechannen Member since:
2009-09-03


Really? I just don't see that. I don't comment, no one I "hang" with does either.


You don't get anywhere near the same amount of news coverage about Europe that Europeans get about America. If you did, you probably would comment more - 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).

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.

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RE[4]: Why?
by Tuishimi on Thu 26th Aug 2010 15:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Why?"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06


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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RE[4]: Why?
by ferrels on Thu 26th Aug 2010 17:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Why?"
ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

No, we wouldn't comment more on European news if more of it was broadcast here. We'd just change the channel. We're really not interested about what goes in Belgium, or Italy, etc.....I live in Texas. It's bigger than all of Europe combined and has more than enough news and happenings for me to keep up with.

And the last time I checked my satellite system, I DO get a direct feed from the BBC, several Arabic news channels, 3 channels from China, 1 from Spain and 1 from Germany. Bu I don't watch them. I have more than enough going on here to keep me busy.

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RE[3]: Why?
by Soulbender on Fri 27th Aug 2010 03:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Perhaps not the people you know but there certainly are those who do. This is just getting WAY off topic though.
Lets just say it's a mutual love/hate relationship and move on.

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RE[4]: Why?
by Tuishimi on Fri 27th Aug 2010 03:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Why?"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Sure. But I hope I don't see any more of that kind of thing from the EDITORS and CONTRIBUTORS to an international technology website.

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