Fun talk:American

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A very accurate definition - especially when combined with the definition of " America".--Bob_M (talk) 03:08, 20 June 2007 (CDT)

Doesn't Canada at least equal, if not surpass, the US in "cultural diversity"? We've got some pretty awesome universities, too, I went to one once twice. --Kels 21:16, 14 August 2007 (CDT)
Hard to say. On a per capita basis, you're probably quite right. As far as universities go, I'm not sure. I'm not too sure how to work either of those points into the article either, since it's about us little piggies down here... EVDebs 21:32, 14 August 2007 (CDT)
I'm a little biased on the multicultural thing, having lived in two very multicultural cities. Halifax, the main eastern naval port and home to a rather large concentration of post-secondary education, and Ottawa, capital of the nation and itself a crossroads. As to universities, I refer back to my time in Halifax. Nova Scotia is home major universities, plus a great many colleges, including one of the oldest on the continent as well as a world-renowned art college, and any number of smaller learning centres, both public and private. But that's just me bragging. ;D --Kels 22:01, 14 August 2007 (CDT)

Hmm. There are a couple of popular myths in American culture that might bear inclusions, but I've always had trouble articulating them. That is, the Thomas Edison myth of the lone, self-sufficient, ingenious American that everyone can be like, and the lonesome cowboy, the man who relies on himself to do bold things. As an outsider, I see some of the effects of these myths and how they're promoted, but I've never had much luck in describing them well. Maybe you'd have better luck. --Kels 06:52, 15 August 2007 (CDT)

  • Hmm indeed. Well, there is a red link in the article for rugged individualism -- might be a good place to start -- we can always edit :-) Seriously, give it your best shot. As an outsider in a good position to look over our shoulder you might be a good choice for starting the article. EVDebs 11:10, 15 August 2007 (CDT)
There's a mention of the Wild West now. Granted, the stereotypical American cowboy, fundie or J. R. Ewing/Dubya clone is more likely found in the south, especially Texas, or in the Midwest, while many other regions do not conform to the clichés about America nearly as closely, but then, you've got something similar in other countries: for example, many stereotypes of Germany are actually found in Bavaria, especially in and around Munich. -- (talk) 01:16, 23 September 2014 (UTC)