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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebe View Post
    We watch way too much TV.
    The content in our television news and shows is TERRIBLE. Damn, they are terrible.
    I have noticed the same trend.
    I think it's not an American thing, but a human trait that is being exploited by capitalism.
    (my friend tells me that I enjoy conspiracy theories... )
    Yes, i blame capitalism.

    America wants to get richer so they instill fear over terrorism to gain control over oil, instill fear over being ugly so people will pay for botox and boob jobs and make up, spread fear about socialism and whatever to validate overthrowing another government so that new government will be allies with the US and help US economy.

    This isn't a complete thought.

    Americans love their life of capitalism and independence and freedom (they are shockingly over-sentimental over such vague terms) and wants to maintain that, but to maintain that we all pay a price, and then, there are the others out there in the world who pays a price...

    I don't think one evil-genius person is behind this, this is a ideological problem.
    I think this is also valid, but I think there are two different forces at work in the US... I think the average person that falls victim to the fear mongering is a part of this group of Americans that can't stand the idea that others who are different from them are permitted to breathe air... They are the army of voters and protestors that certain politicians use to further their own personal agendas... Look at the "tea party movement" for example. Their ideals are completely inconsistent with the past behaviors of the party they support, or the far right that are so desperate to force their religious beliefs on every american they are willing to light the constitution on fire in the process.

    As far as the other things you mentioned regarding beauty and the like - I think those fears can be pushed on any population and aren't strictly an american problem... in all honesty some of the things I mentioned aren't unique to america either, but are definitely rampant here.

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    Just my two cents:

    They live very much at the mercy of the market. It's one of the most neoliberal coutnries in the world, where you can go from a middle class lifestyle to being homeless. A very alrge percentage don't have any ehalthcare. Workers have very little protection from being fired, and the welfare state is meagre.

    Of course this sensation of permanent insecurity often finds its conscious expression in fear of immigrants, crime and terrorists, with the help of the media and politicians.

    At the same time I'm not really sure if other countries are less fearful. I have never lived in the US, but I lived in two countries, Argentina and the UK, and they are both also very fearful cultures.

    Such is life under the free market: insecure and usntable. "Monopoly with elements of anarchy". Or, as I heard it described, living under capitalism is like living in a boarding school run by sociopaths with bi-polar disorder.
    "Of course we spent our money in the good times. That's what you're supposed to do in good times! You can't save money in the good times. Then they wouldn't be good times, they'd be 'preparation for the bad times' times."

    "Every country in the world owes money. Everyone. So heere's what I dont get: who do they all owe it to, and why don't we just kill the bastard and relax?"

    -Tommy Tiernan, Irish comedian.

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    Scared people are easier to control.
    Therefore a culture of fear is nurtured.
    Scared people tend to be anti social.. If you are afraid of your neighbor then it is less likely you will join up with your neighbor and challenge the powers that be.
    If you are afraid of each other , then you are not going to focus on who the real enemy is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcda View Post
    Just my two cents:

    They live very much at the mercy of the market. It's one of the most neoliberal coutnries in the world, where you can go from a middle class lifestyle to being homeless. A very alrge percentage don't have any ehalthcare. Workers have very little protection from being fired, and the welfare state is meagre.

    Of course this sensation of permanent insecurity often finds its conscious expression in fear of immigrants, crime and terrorists, with the help of the media and politicians.

    At the same time I'm not really sure if other countries are less fearful. I have never lived in the US, but I lived in two countries, Argentina and the UK, and they are both also very fearful cultures.

    Such is life under the free market: insecure and usntable. "Monopoly with elements of anarchy". Or, as I heard it described, living under capitalism is like living in a boarding school run by sociopaths with bi-polar disorder.

    Actually this is similar to what I was thinking as well. It is just that I didn't want to place this is the OP sInce I wanted to check how long it will take for this arguments to show up.

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    I think Americans are cool.

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    The Media.
    "We knew he was someone who had a tragic flaw, that's where his greatness came from"

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    Buy expensive shiny hair shampoo.

    Lock your doors and hold onto your guns, theres a serial killer on the loose.:horor:

    Buy expensive perfume.
    "We knew he was someone who had a tragic flaw, that's where his greatness came from"

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    The media tells us that the po-po or the terrorists are going to get us, and when they do that, they win!!!

    No, but honestly, this country has run on fear ever since the Great Depression. Plus it's a government of commerce. People only matter if they are consumers, customers, people giving the big guys money. Fear sells just as well as sex sells. Advertising at its finest.

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    yeah... watch the nightly news and all they tell you is what's going to kill you and what's going to go wrong and all of the bad things that happened that day and such... we also have many television programs that involve people dying within the first 4 minutes or so...

    this is why I don't watch the news and watch things where people die in the coolest ways possible so that I can be in awe!
    “Oh, we're always alright. You remember that. We happen to other people.” -Terry Pratchett

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    Quote Originally Posted by GemPOPGem View Post
    Buy expensive perfume.
    Well... It's good for French exports...
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