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Are Corporations Destroying Culture? Are They Preventing Us From Developing A Refined Culture?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Joij21, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. EgonSpengler

    EgonSpengler Deity

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    No, but I choose to, because I don't like bullying humor. It's the difference between laughing at someone and laughing with them. To misquote Captain America, I don't like bullies, I don't care how funny they are.
     
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    Japan is like one of the most openly racist societies in the world, and they certainly don't feel inferior to USians or other europeans :) I am not sure who would be offended by some "white" person wearing a kimono other than some other "white" people.

     
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    Right, exactly. I don't think it's up to me to decide whether or when a Japanese or Japanese-American person is offended by a White person wearing a kimono, or why.

    I know what you mean about Japan, btw. Tokyo is by far the most homogeneous big city I've ever seen. It actually made me a little uncomfortable. And it wasn't that I felt unwelcome. Not at all. Everyone was perfectly friendly and the city is well accustomed to and accommodating of tourists. It just felt weird, I guess. Unsettling, somehow. And of course the city kind of overloads the senses, even for someone who feels at home in cities, and being a tourist who doesn't speak the language, I was sort of mentally off-balance the entire time anyway. I was also suddenly very tall and fat. :lol:
     
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    Do you find yourself being the last person to laugh at jokes? What if you laugh 'with' someone who aint laughing? I guess the only person you need to ask is them. Do you think Trump laughs at the jokes told about him here? :D
     
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    The topic is "are corporations destroying culture"?". The topic has just gone to culture more generally.

    Corporations just follow whatever main culture they're from and hope to make a buck out of culture. So what if they appropriate culture? Whoever claim that corporations destroy culture have failed to provide any examples.

    Personally, I could not give a damn about any culture. It's just a way of doing things. People from certain countries eat, drink, wear, socialise, transact, negotiate or otherwise commune their certain way. That's it.

    Some cultures happen to be more prevalent, durable and popular than others. Some cultures claim they're better than other cultures, but that's irrelevant.

    I really don't get why people are so hung up on culture being destroyed or appropriated. So what if a white girl wears an Asian dress to a prom? In the end, we're all humans and we hope the world remains a peaceful place compared to previous centuries of chaos, war, bigotry and division.
     
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    No more October Fest or Cinco de mayo!
     
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    I don't know if you're mistaken or not about that happening, but you're certainly mistaken if you think that I am somehow beholden to something "several Europeans" said 10 years ago.
     
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    I’ve been thinking off and on for the last few days about how to phrase this: who “owns” culture? If it can be appropriated, then I assume that its something that can be owned in a sense.

    If something like a kimono belongs to a people, does it ever stop being “theirs”? Can I inherit some rights to it by my residence here? I might be more aware of local customs than an American of Japanese descent.

    Being a white person descended from multiple European countries, am I entitled to “ownership” of those countries’ cultural properties, or a fraction thereof?

    In the case of a work of art or a scientific invention, copyrights and patents already cover the field pretty well if we’re talking about the intangible. So, besides the definition of culture itself, who owns culture?
     
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    I don’t think people can really claim Japanese culture is marginalized anyway.
     
  11. EgonSpengler

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    It depends what you mean by "ownership", but Japanese culture seems pretty ubiquitous. If one follows my rule-of-thumb of letting the group in question tell us and not just deciding for them, I'd say the Japanese don't appear to be bothered by "Brazilian jiu-jitsu", fusion cuisine, or American Godzilla movies (I mean, the movies are bad, so that might bug them, but the notion by itself doesn't seem to).

    Right, that too.
     
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    Cultural appropriation, without permission and for profit!

    Pizza Hut’s Detroit style is crunchy and cheesy, but one expert says Motor City natives ‘would be offended’

    Pizza Hut’s new Detroit Style, double cheese pizza, featuring the familiar stripes of sauce over thick, crispy-edged slices. (Emily Heil/The Washington Post)
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    Jan. 27, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. MST

     

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