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greatansett
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The Western World?

Sat Sep 04, 2004 4:12 pm

Do you think that people living in western countries such as Australia, USA, etc focus on the western countries to much (Such as through media, sports, movies or other examples) ignoring the rest of the world?

I think in terms of media, the western world makes out as though the other side of the world does not exist. Do you think that it is right for the western world to influence to globe?
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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 10:03 am

I would say, yes. For example, Russia has a long and distinguished history in mathematical and scientific discoveries, but you would never know it from reading the news in the US. A follow up question, are there many significant discoveries in academic fields outside the West?
 
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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 10:14 am

Watch the news:

"A Cow fell into a hole in Northern England today blah blah blah"


"In other news, 400 killed in Chinese floods".

Yeah - we have a skewed focus. Maybe our western brains find carnage of any huge proportion difficult to comprehend.

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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 11:14 am

But could this be caused by the fact that the western societies have similar values?
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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 11:19 am

"Yeah - we have a skewed focus. Maybe our western brains find carnage of any huge proportion difficult to comprehend."

That and most people in the west couldn't care less about what happens "over there" unless it affects manufacturing causing running shoes + other goods to increase in price. It's sad...
 
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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 6:53 pm

Well,

If we say that Asia is East and Europe is West, Australia is not a western country.  Big grin
 
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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 7:08 pm

Exactly Sebolino  Smile
Australia is not part of the Western world, its a 1st World Country, but not Western World, which would be The Americas and Europe
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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 7:16 pm

No, GKirk - the term "western" is a frame of mind and not a geographical term.

Due to the spherical nature of the planet, what is "west" anyway? If I stand in LA, then the "western world" could be Asia.

I don't like the term personally, I prefer developed and developing.

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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 9:15 pm

QANTASFOREVER, you make a very valid point indeed!
In fact, China could call themselves the West and Europe is the Far East. However, Surinam could call themselves part of the Western World.

I agree its a confusing term.
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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 9:28 pm

Watch the news:

"A Cow fell into a hole in Northern England today blah blah blah"


"In other news, 400 killed in Chinese floods".

Yeah - we have a skewed focus. Maybe our western brains find carnage of any huge proportion difficult to comprehend.


Poor cow, was it ok?
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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 9:34 pm

OH my god GKirk - you have seen the light, you have basked in the glowing incandescence of my all encompassing knowledge.

Your are privelaged indeed.  Big grin

You're a top bloke GKirk - anytime you wanna beer in Monaco, let me know.

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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 9:39 pm

I agree QFF, a frame of mind.
In that path, AUS and NZ are part of the West, but interestingly enough some places in the heart of Europe are not West, an example coming to mind are the wild territories North of Hadrian wall.
 
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RE: The Western World?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 9:56 pm

Catatonic - Poor cow, was it ok?

No. I put it there. I put it there because it was living in Northern England and I'm against cruelty toward animals. I felt like a Royal Marine roaming the countryside taking out farm animals.

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