[Dixielandjazz] A little diplomacy please

John Farrell stridepiano at tesco.net
Wed Sep 10 10:22:40 PDT 2003

Tom Wiggins said :

"Many countries that we play in are at least thirty years behind the USA in
culture, while it is true that we are often the trend setters of the world,
we must also understand that we change every six months because of our great
media power and advertising marketplace."

This kind of attitude is largely responsible for the widespread perception
that Americans are an arrogant bunch of braggarts. I have many American
friends and therefore know it to be fiction, but after reading a comment
like that people who do not know any of our transatlantic cousins personally
might be inclined to believe it.

Culture comes in many different guises, one size does not fit all. Does Tom
really think that a nation without similar social structures, behavioural
patterns, artistic leanings and economic wherewithal to those existing in
USA is culturally
lacking? I hope not.

Vive le (or is it la?) difference.

John Farrell

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