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#96 - tomnash (03/06/2013) [-]
why do people always say Americans and Europeans? Why are Europeans grouped into 1 category when they all have completely different cultures entirely.

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#286 to #96 - anon (03/07/2013) [-]
Because despite the fact that not all us Americans are stupid, we're still lazy. And we have a lot of different people with different backgrounds in the U.S. but Europeans don't go around saying "African American" or "Asian American" or "Mexican American." We're all just damn Americans...except some of the Mexicans... and I know America is a country while Europe is a continent, but it's not that big a difference.
User avatar #158 to #96 - thatguywhohasbacon ONLINE (03/07/2013) [-]
The plugs that it could have been were from various places across Europe (France, Germany, Russia) so it would have been worse to specify somewhere. Also American and European are just general terms, they cover a whole continent rather than a specific group, it makes you less likely to be wrong, although if you know exactly where someone is from it's better to specify.
#99 to #96 - meowthenin (03/06/2013) [-]
Dude, do you have any idea how BIG the USA is? More then two times the size of Europe. From North to South and East to West there are plenty of different cultures in America.
User avatar #304 to #99 - tomnash (03/07/2013) [-]
I know, I'm English and i'm moving to the US next year, it's huge, but thats despite the point. Take Romania for example, a VERY large proportion of people there don't even know where is it and some don't even know WHAT America is. I doubt anyone there thinks Americans are stupid or even know that stereotype even exists, so it's a little ignorant to say that the whole of Europe would agree with one thing when there are some many different kinds of people.
User avatar #194 to #99 - vileghas (03/07/2013) [-]
USA is twice the size of Europe.. what the..... Have you ever looked on a map? Europe is bigger than the USA.. I would understand if you'd say Northern America, cause of Canada, but the USA..?
User avatar #167 to #99 - regdestroy (03/07/2013) [-]
Nice try, but Europe is a little bit bigger than USA.
User avatar #121 to #99 - randomserb (03/06/2013) [-]
There are no indigenous cultures other than those of the Native Americans. All of US culture is modern. I think that's what he was trying to say.
In Europe there are great linguistic and cultural differences between countries, whereas in the US English is spoken everywhere and the customs and habits of people are relatively the same throughout the country.
#145 to #121 - lordfohawk (03/07/2013) [-]
dude if you think people's cultures are even close to the same all around the US you need to visit more states...

User avatar #119 to #99 - Ruspanic (03/06/2013) [-]
It's not even comparable. You're talking about regional subcultures within a single "melting pot" culture, which all speak the same language and basically have the same roots. Whatever cultural differences exist within the United States arose in a couple hundred years (or through annexation of territory) and do not even come close to the cultural differences between the various European nation-states, which have thousands of years of history and dozens of major languages between them, and sometimes even different majority religions.

Also the USA isn't anywhere near 2 times the size of Europe, unless you're talking only about the European Union.
User avatar #131 to #119 - bjorntheberserk (03/07/2013) [-]
I find it ironic that you used "Melting Pot" and "Same culture" in the a statement to describe one specific country. Lolz
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User avatar #139 to #131 - Ruspanic (03/07/2013) [-]
I'm not understanding you. Where is the irony?
User avatar #156 to #139 - myrtille (03/07/2013) [-]
A melting pot is a bunch of different cultures put together.
User avatar #166 to #156 - Ruspanic (03/07/2013) [-]
Put together into one culture. American culture is influenced by many others, but those cultures tend not to retain their identities and instead are integrated into the mainstream culture after a generation or two. This is in contrast to the European continent, which is most definitely not a melting pot.
User avatar #125 to #119 - bjorntheberserk (03/06/2013) [-]
Same roots? Tell me again how my Mexican neighbor has the same roots as me (A man of predominately German descent)?
User avatar #137 to #125 - Ruspanic (03/07/2013) [-]
I'm talking about the culture here, not individuals. American culture originated primarily from the culture of the original English colonies. Americans of German and Irish and Russian and Italian descent are still part of the same overarching American culture and there is little cultural difference between them. Although immigrants have influenced the American culture, they have mostly assimilated into it.

People of Mexican descent are perhaps the notable exception (aside from small immigrant communities, which exist in most Western countries), because most of the American Southwest was acquired from Mexico and is still substantially influenced by Mexican culture.
User avatar #143 to #137 - bjorntheberserk (03/07/2013) [-]
Actually you just proven my point. All across America you will have areas with different which have certain enthic communities. I lived in Chicago which has a predominate German and Polish community. Traveling to the southern area of Illinois or even into Kentucky you find more Scotish and Irish communities. I also lived in Florida in a certain area that had a lot of Haitians and Columbians. Now I live in Santa Fe New Mexico which has a lot of hispanics, whites, and native americans. But In Albuquerque which I lived too it is more hispanic. I also lived in Espanola which is further north and has a lot of Native Americans. Also in Espanola there is a sect of Hinduism which the only whites in Espanola seem to be all a part of. And believe me moving from Florida to NM was a huge culture shock.
User avatar #152 to #143 - Ruspanic (03/07/2013) [-]
I understand that there are differences in ethnic distribution and cultural influences in various regions and cities in America, and that immigrants tend to live in communities rather than disperse themselves. This is true in many European countries as well.
Still, all of the American states still speak the same language, teach the same history, abide by the same federal laws, pledge to the same flag, are affected by the same fashion and music trends, and so on.

France and Texas are of similar size. Their neighbors Italy and New Mexico are also of similar size. But to suggest that the cultural difference between Texas and NM is similar to the cultural difference between France and Italy is absurd.
User avatar #159 to #152 - bjorntheberserk (03/07/2013) [-]
No dude seriously in those communities it is not just "different cultural influences" their are plenty of cultural differences also. Most of these groups have their own religion, traditions, and dialects. And you also have to understand that some of the territories (especially in the southwest) where established by the Spanish. NM itself has cities that date over 500 years old (enough time to cultivate its own culture). In some of our other states (Louisiana for example) that was established by the French and you got the Creole and Cajun cultures down there.
User avatar #174 to #159 - Ruspanic (03/07/2013) [-]
You're talking about communities, not states. There are immigrant and minority communities throughout Europe as well. The early history of the United States is basically the history of a group of English colonists and their descendants expanding westward into territories previously ruled and populated by other groups, and spreading their culture. Immigrants that came later assimilated into that culture.

This is not how Europe developed. There is no single overarching "mainstream culture" in Europe the way there is in the US.

And I specifically cited the Southwest as an exception in an earlier comment.
User avatar #179 to #174 - bjorntheberserk (03/07/2013) [-]
I actually do not care anymore. Do not want to argue that just agree to disagree. I don't want to dwell on it until it becomes retarded.
#104 to #99 - anon (03/06/2013) [-]
"there are plenty of different cultures in America. "
Wait for it...

WAAAAAAIT for it....

... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA XDDD And EUROPE does NOT?! ... No ofc not, Europe has ONE culture - just ONE.
Dude - That doesn't justify **** . I'm also tired of the term "America and EUROPE", and it has NOTHING to do with size, but the fact that Europe is 47 countries, while "America" is ONE country... Even saying "North America", still gives you three countries... You sir, just went full on retarded. Never go full on retarded.
User avatar #109 to #104 - bjorntheberserk (03/06/2013) [-]
Most of our states are bigger than most of the countries in Europe. Eat dick Eurofag.
User avatar #122 to #109 - randomserb (03/06/2013) [-]
Hilarious. You actually think that US states are the equivalent of European countries.
User avatar #124 to #122 - bjorntheberserk (03/06/2013) [-]
The whole of Ireland is about the size of the state of Indiana in the US.
User avatar #129 to #124 - randomserb (03/07/2013) [-]
What is your point? What does landmass have to do with anything?
You're comparing a European country with an American state like they're the same thing. Any comments on Ireland are irrelevant to, let's say, a German person. The equivalent of a US state would be for example Munster province in Ireland, not the while Irish nation.
User avatar #132 to #129 - bjorntheberserk (03/07/2013) [-]
You do know that the US was originally intended to be a EU type of thing right? Which each state having it own laws and sovereignty? And you do know that most countries are referred to as "states" too?
User avatar #140 to #132 - randomserb (03/07/2013) [-]
Also, I should point out that none of the American states are actually nations. They are simply sectors of America, which is a nation.
User avatar #135 to #132 - randomserb (03/07/2013) [-]
I do, but that doesn't make them culturally, linguistically or religiously different.
Again, I do, but American states act, for all purposes, more like provinces than autonomous countries.
User avatar #144 to #135 - bjorntheberserk (03/07/2013) [-]
How can you state that a country which is a notorious "melting pot" shares the same religion, values, and traditions?

Have you ever traveled around the USA? Because I have and each state I lived in or visited was a culture shock to me. Especially since I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois (in a community with predominately Polish and German populace) and when I came to NM which is mostly Hispanic and Native American I felt I was in another country.
#142 to #135 - anon (03/07/2013) [-]
Do you not realize that the US was founded on the backs of migrating Europeans trying to start a new life? My Family is mostly German, got off the boat to America 1775.
User avatar #123 to #122 - bjorntheberserk (03/06/2013) [-]
It is hilarious that you are assuming that when I just made a comment on size.
#105 to #104 - meowthenin (03/06/2013) [-]
Okay, 12 year old moron. Sit down.

1) I never said Europe didn't have multiple cultures. I was equating America with Europe.
2) America has 50 goddamn states. Each with their own set of laws.
3) Do you know how a culture is formed? By interaction with the people around you. So yes, area DOES matter. America's size puts it on equal footing compared to Europe in regards to number of cultures.

If you really feel like trying to one up me, log in and say it like a man. Or did you know you were wrong?
#107 to #105 - anon (03/06/2013) [-]
"Log in and say it like a man." That's the manliest thing I have ever heard.
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