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    Default Why are Americans so fearful ?

    I dont want to insult anyone but I simply have to ask something.



    Seriously why American culture has so many emo elements in itself ?
    I mean I am constantly getting this vibe from many of the posters from US (and US media). Like constant fears over economy, civil rights, something will happen to my kids, I am not pretty or succesful or smart ...... etc.


    Seriously why so many fears ?


    Also there is this constant fear that some one will defeat you on some sneaky or brutal way. I mean you talk so much about bleeding, suffering, sacrifice, being fragile etc as a nation. Actually one of the reasons why I stoped watching movies is because I could not handle how emotional most of them are. Many of the TV shows are showing pretty much the same thing as well, as all those crime reconstruction series.

    I don't know but to me it looks that it isn't that hard to scare you as group.
    (what isn't good obviously)


    Or am I simply seeing something that isn't there ?

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    Huh, personally I don't really see that. Sure there are "emo americans" but there are some pretty damn violent ones too... What parts of American have you visited? If you venture into the deep south or certain parts of the midwest you might have a different view of Americans... There really isn't one definition of "american" there are so many different flavors to chose from. As far as scaring americans as a group goes... I don't know... it seems to me that it's easier to anger us into going to war, which I associate more with a violent streak than an emo trait....

    Either way.. that typically turns out scarier for the rest of the world than it does for the average american, but that's just my two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antisocial one View Post
    Seriously why so many fears ?
    Same question than Antisocial One.

    I've noticed the same trend within popular American culture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmail! View Post
    Same question than Antisocial One.

    I've noticed the same trend within popular American culture.
    Well I'm a dual citizen and spent most of my life growing up in Europe so I'm not exactly the typical american, but if I absolutely had to blame someone for fear mongering it would be the religious crazies and the far right/left republicans/democrats... that's my opinion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spin-1/2-nuclei View Post
    Huh, personally I don't really see that. Sure there are "emo americans" but there are some pretty damn violent ones too... What parts of American have you visited? If you venture into the deep south or certain parts of the midwest you might have a different view of Americans... There really isn't one definition of "american" there are so many different flavors to chose from. As far as scaring americans as a group goes... I don't know... it seems to me that it's easier to anger us into going to war, which I associate more with a violent streak than an emo trait....

    Either way.. that typically turns out scarier for the rest of the world than it does for the average american, but that's just my two cents.

    I haven't visited. But I met some.

    Actually I see this entire violent streak as a direct extension of "the emo stuff"

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    I have changed the title since my intention is not to insult people.

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    The media.
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antisocial one View Post
    I haven't visited. But I met some.

    Actually I see this entire violent streak as a direct extension of "the emo stuff"
    That's interesting.. I guess it could be, but I really think the violent americans are cut from an entirely different cloth. They seem to be all about my way or the highway bitches! and by highway they mean they want to conquer your culture, light your history on fire, and bury any evidence that your way of life ever existed under a mountain of unrelated propaganda. You see it's easier to brainwash the kiddies so that they don't go around thinking for themselves (can't have that).

    They aren't really "emo" as much as they are intolerant and hateful, at least that is my interpretation of it... I've met a few of these "Nuke the entire middle east and everyone else that is different" americans... they're special (not in a good way), but I certainly wouldn't call them emo. They really need their own adjective honestly..

    But again, this isn't what all americans are like.... Lately, for some reason you couldn't get the opinion of the average american represented in movies, politics, or on the news if your life depended on it...

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    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.

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    Actually, this thread makes me remember a few comments made by the remarkable theorist Mike Davis. According to him, America is first and foremost defined by a culture of fear.

    For instance, if you have ever heard of this book:

    Amazon.com: Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster (9780375706073): Mike Davis: Books
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