Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by madviking, Jul 2, 2010.
Couldn't vote Melbourne so I voted Amsterdam.
i consider Istanbul to be the cultural Center. no im not biased. i just don't think new york produced enough culture yet.
Jerusalem would propably be the most intelligent choice.
None of the above. The world is again interestingly diverse and multi-polar.
A poll about culture with no Venice? Bad poll.
New York is currently the Cultural capital of the world.
Where is the Berlin option?
Since Cape Town is the closest it'll get to a Portuguese choice, I voted for it. The Green Point Stadium is my favourite, aesthetically speaking, of the World Cup stadia.
Well, yeah, but not to such an extent that it is lent any sort of primacy. It's a regional music centre, sure, but so is any large city, that's just how popular culture works. It doesn't even house any particularly prominent scenes right now, at least not compared to, say, grunge-era Seattle, or itself in the glam era.
No votes for Milton Keynes?
New York. I don't see any other city having the influence on global culture currently that NY has.
But this influence represents only a tiny, tiny fraction of international culture as a whole.
Which is, essentially, where this whole scheme falls down. We're bickering over which grain of sand comprises the largest portion of the beach, with the apparent intent of proclaiming that grain "King of the Beach", which is about as absurd as it it appears to be. I know humans have this apparently ingrained tendency to name a "best" example of everything, but, really, is there any point? Cultural centres, in particular, are organic entities, so attempting to ordain one as primate is simply contrary to their very nature.
Ok. Ask the question this way: Is there any city that other parts of the world are becoming more like?
Well, yes, thousands of them. That was rather my point.
When Paris stops being the most visited city in the world, I'll consider somewhere else. Until then...
Shhhhh. I was struggling to make my joke work. ):
New York #1
Paris receives the most international visitors, but overall, NYC is by far #1.
47 million tourists in 2008 versus 35 million for Paris
Yeah, I probably took that a bit too seriously, didn't I? My apologies.
If we talk about world's cultural capital, then it's more significant to count international visitors.
And where do your numbers come from ?
Anyone voting for a European city is being heavily biased. World culture doesn't just mean fine arts and old buildings.
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