Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jun 2011 18:51 UTC
Internet & Networking It's official now. The signs had been there for a while now. While the west bangs on about the importance of freedom and democracy, they don't actually want anyone to have too much of it. The US, France, and the UK have jointly pretty much declared war on freedom on the web.
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Chile not part of the west?
by bsdero on Fri 10th Jun 2011 15:08 UTC
bsdero
Member since:
2005-08-29

I know that wikipedia it's not a reliable or stickler information source. However:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_world

It reads:
"In the contemporary political and cultural context, the Western World generally refers to the nations of North America, Western and Central Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand."

I think Thom wanted to say that Chile is not a fully developed country.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29



I think Thom wanted to say that Chile is not a fully developed country.


Thought is free, of course.

But no, that's not what I wanted to say. The western world, in my eyes, refers to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and most of Europe. It is not a designation indicating developedness or wealth - it's a cultural designation. I think South America has long since reached a point where it does not make sense to lump it together with its former colonisers.

It's its own, distinct part of the world, and lumping it together with the above mentioned areas would do a great disservice to the uniqueness of the continent, its cultures, and its peoples.

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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

But no, that's not what I wanted to say. The western world, in my eyes, refers to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and most of Europe.


I know where you're coming from, because that tends to be how I view 'The West', but I'm not sure about it now you've put it into a list. That is basically the anglophere plus Europe. You've listed former white British colonies, but excluded former white Portugese, Spanish and Dutch colonies---all places where the original cultures were stamped all over and replaced with European ones almost as much as in the British ones.

I suppose the best definition of East/West would be places with a population of primarily European descent/primarily Asian descent. It used to be neat---Roughly west/East of Constantinople, but everyone went and moved about.

This is getting pedantic, but its interesting, I reckon.

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allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

I know that wikipedia it's not a reliable or stickler information source. However:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_world

It reads:
"In the contemporary political and cultural context, the Western World generally refers to the nations of North America, Western and Central Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand."

I think Thom wanted to say that Chile is not a fully developed country.

I think we can use wikipedia as a source of information since it is the only one I think is the easiest way to access information. Then we can search for additional sources to confirm if the wiki was really stating the truth.

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Wolf@Larsen Member since:
2011-06-10

yes we can.
to my eyes: when you make any statement, none can deny its validity just becouse of the source. He must make a counter-proof. It is called: logic.
Regards

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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

I've always found that Wikipaedia is a very useful source of information, until I'm looking up an article about which I already know a fair amount. Then I inevitably find the article to be frequently wrong or misleading. Makes me wonder about all the other articles ...

My guess is its the same with all Encyclopaedias though.

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