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americans onlineI am about as stereotypical American as you can get. I grew up in a small town in Maine, where everyone knows everyone else’s name, most people all went to the same church, and where national and local tragedies brought everyone together to support and console one another. Such an upbringing is great in many ways – you learn the value of community, empathy for others, and the importance of family.

On the flip side, such a small community upbringing can be both a blessing and a curse. It can become a curse, because a small community can become closed off from the reality of the outside world.

I remember, when I was about 11 or 12 years old, I had my first taste of the outside world. An African American family had moved into town – as far as I could recall, they were the first non-white family that had ever lived in our town. Up until then, I’d met two types of people, native Franco-American folks with deep, Canadian-french accents, and people from “away” that had either gone away to college and come back home, or had moved up to Northern Maine for the first time for one reason or another. They were almost always white.

I honestly didn’t think much of it at first. Then the problems started. There was news one weekend that on a Friday night, some local kids had lit up a cross on the family’s front yard. A burning cross. I remembered learning about the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s in school – and wondered how something like this could happen in the 1990s. But it did. The family eventually moved away. That event was my first clue that I didn’t want to live there for the rest of my life.

It wasn’t until the advent of the Internet – and coming in contact with some of the most amazing people I’d ever met from many different countries – that I realized just how much the world had missed prior to the amazing invention of the world wide web.

The Blessing and the Curse of the Global Internet

College brought me in contact with people of different nationalities, but I found that it took me a long time to evolve and understand how to interact with people from other far-away lands, and to understand how they viewed me. I remember making a great friend from Vietnam, and working together with him on engineering lab work. He told me amazing stories about his parent’s escape from Vietnam on a small boat following the war, and how his father had died during the escape.

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By the second year of college, I started using the IBM-mainframe based computer system to start playing “MUDDing”, as it was called. A MUDD was a Multi-User Dungeons and Dragons game – a text-based virtual game environment 3 Reasons Why You Never Forget Your First Computer 3 Reasons Why You Never Forget Your First Computer I think for geeks, that first computer is a little bit like a first love. You remember it longingly, even though it isn't anything that would make you at all happy today. It has nothing... Read More of the sort that I’ve described before here at MUO. That experience put me in touch with some of the first folks on the “Internet” from other countries. It was great fun chatting with those players during our in-game “quests”. Simple text-based adventures often turned into hours-log chats about their lives in foreign lands – and of course they learned a few things from me about what it really meant to be a young American kid – things that TV and movies often got wrong.

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The launch of Netscape and the adoption of the Internet was something I had the pleasure of experiencing while I was transitioning through college. Those “nerdy” computer clusters filled with IBM dumb-terminals quickly transformed PC labs with computers hooked up to the Internet and running Netscape browsers.

Being online was suddenly “cool”.

However, being online was also bringing together cultures and nationalities that had previously never really interacted very much. The introduction of bulletin board systems and forums brought a platform for anyone at all that wanted to spread their own personal prejudices and hatred toward people of other cultures – on both sides of every ocean. It didn’t take long for the Internet to become a battleground of people heatedly “debating” issues like the conflicts in the Middle East, tensions between Israel and Palestine, international terrorism vs. the Muslim religion, and many other hot topics where there were burning emotions and opinions on both sides. You know what else seemed to be prevalent on both sides? Prejudice about the other side.

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Many of the forum debates A First Look At Discourse, A Next-Generation System For Forums A First Look At Discourse, A Next-Generation System For Forums The forum is alive and well, embodied in XDA developers (just one of the seven best forums for learning about Android, for example). That's because, well, forums are needed. But do they really have to... Read More that I observed where an American was debating someone from another country, each side clearly carried preconceived notions about the other country. The following are some of those notions that I realized people from other countries believe about Americans, and how Americans sometimes feed those beliefs through their online behavior.

Americans are Big-Mouthed and Opinionated

I personally have always behaved in a certain way online that reflects my personal belief in freedom of speech Top 5 World News Websites Guaranteed Free From Censorship Top 5 World News Websites Guaranteed Free From Censorship Read More – a principle that I think most Americans hold near and dear to our hearts. It’s part of our heritage to protect the right to say what you believe without being persecuted for it. Because of this, Americans are usually quick to share their opinions – and to anyone outside of the U.S., I think this can easily come across as someone being overly-opinionated.

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The problem is that in American culture, everyone is expected to feel welcomed and open to stand up and share your piece. Say how you feel about the situation without fear. However, there are other places where decisions are made with a different process – where there are individual roles that are important to a community, where self-sacrifice for the good of the group is more important than individualism, and where “success” is measured using different values than how it’s measured in America. This isn’t to say one is better than the other, only that it’s different – and those differences can lead to conflicts in the faceless, electronic exchanges so commonplace today on the Internet.

What’s a solution? Enter into dialogue with people from other countries with a more careful tone. Sharing your opinion is fine – but seeking out opinions from others will become more important, because they won’t be so fast or willing to open up so easily until they feel that you won’t judge them for having different values than yours.

Americans are Fat and Lazy

The myth that all Americans are fat and lazy is spread by documentaries, news organizations and other media outlets that cling to this meme, regardless of how true it really is. However, according to the World Health Organization, the countries with the highest percentage of overweight adults are Nauru, the Federal States of Micronesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Palau and Kuwait.  The U.S. makes number 9 on the list. Egypt number 14. Greece number 16. U.S., Egypt and Greece are actually only 5 or 6 percentage points apart.

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This isn’t to say that obesity isn’t a problem in the U.S., but that the problem of health and inactivity isn’t primarily an American problem. In fact, generally speaking, I’ve found that my colleagues and friends from around the world have the exact same health and exercise issues and problems that many of my friends in the U.S. have. I can’t find much of a difference, yet throughout the Twittersphere and on Facebook, on Forums and even in email exchanges, the reference to Americans being fat and lazy constantly rears its ugly head again and again.

What’s a solution? There really isn’t much, except as a country to collectively exercise, get back in shape, and share those exercise experiences and your health successes on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Once America starts getting on the top 10 lists of healthiest countries in the world, that’s the only way to shed this particular prejudice.

Americans are Ethnocentric

There is one last perception about Americans on the Internet that I’ve seen very often when communicating with friends and colleagues from other countries. That is that Americans are, in general, very ethnocentric. This is the one perception that I personally find to be true more often than it’s not. I think it stems from the fact that America had the highest Internet adoption rate at the very beginning.

Now, as a greater percentage of Internet users join Americans at the table, we tend to continue talking about things as though America is the center of the Universe. Cool online services and mobile applications are often only available to U.S.-users only. This creates a greater sense of us-vs.-them that only serves to grow the chasm between America and the rest of the world.

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It’s important now, more than ever, for American companies, programmers, social media experts and marketing gurus to approach every new project involving a product or application introduction online to include as many countries outside of the U.S. as possible. In former years, it was certainly enough to cater to just the U.S. market, but with the breakdown of the Internet finally leveling out in terms of user numbers from every major country in the world – it does both a company and the Internet user community a disservice to make any product or service only available to the U.S. market.

Not only that, but it leaves the rest of us with good friends in other countries, feeling guilty and apologetic about the fact that we can access those services, when they can’t. It’s beyond unfair – and hopefully it’ll be something that changes quickly as more and more companies become aware that the Internet is a healthy mix of every nationality.

If you’re American – what are some of the prejudices that you’ve encountered from users in other countries? If you are from outside the U.S., are there any prejudices you formerly held about Americans that you realized were completely untrue – or true?

Share your own experiences and thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    April 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I hate prejudice. Being an Indonesian, I will not reveal my nationality unless I'm sure the community is open-minded. Okay, people think you're selfish and obese. Now just look at how people treat Indonesians: mindless pirate, lazy people, copycat, etc, etc. Piracy is really a serious problem here and I know it myself, but not everyone is like that. There's copycat from every corner in the world.
    Then sometimes in game or software forums there are people who gives ugly reaction when someone mentions bloat. Generally they'll say,"Now WiFi is so common that you shouldn't have problem downloading a few megs more." Some of us have poor connection.
    My global advice: ignore prejudice and don't think the world outside is similar to the world you know.

  2. Govertz J
    April 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    This was a very interesting article, to read for a citizen in one of the worlds smallest democracies. But in my opinion it's wrong.

    Why do you think the rest of the worlds population think that bad about the American people.

    It's a prejudice ,when you say that non American people say, "Americans are Big-Mouthed and Opinionated" and "Americans are Fat and Lazy" or "Americans are Ethnocentric".

    It's to simple a picture you paint, I'm sure that for every non American citizen in the world, you find with this kind of prejudices, you can find one with the opposite prejudices.

    The Internet is one of the greatest and most important inventions of the modern time, and it will be the instrument to freedom, liberty and education to every corner of the world. And it will break down prejudices, more than anything.

    I have a hard time to write and express my self in english, if it was not, I would tell you to relax and remember that: "If you smile to the world, the world will smile to you". But I'm afraid that the words I choose, will come out wrong and offend you.

    Regards from Denmark and excuse my bad english.

    • Ryan Dube
      April 20, 2013 at 2:06 am

      Well - I just want to say to you to Govertz, my friend from Denmark, that your English is excellent. You make a great point - certainly not every non-American in the world thinks that Americans are fat and lazy or ethnocentric.

      I can see how the tone of the article might imply that, and I'm sorry if it came across that way. I know you're right, because I have many non-American friends, and I know they don't feel that way at all about people from the U.S.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Govertz - I really enjoyed your opinion.

  3. Jonathan Hilton
    April 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for your idea of promoting a more reflected, polite and welcoming international communication on the internet, Mr. Dube. I've experienced many of the well-known stereotypes to be true, not so much on the internet but by meeting U.S. Americans in the USA. U.S. travelers and tourists abroad I got in touch with have mostly been polite and interested, though indeed easily spottable due to fashion choices and communication.

    However, since makeuseof.com published an article about "eating only [information] dessert" I just happened to read, criticizing "cheap, popular information" published with no or little effort of verification or in-depth research (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/eating-dessert-information-diet-terrible/), I'd like to comment on your use of statistics.

    You're citing a WHO list of the fattest countries, your point essentially being that the prejudice of fat U.S. Americans is invalid since other countries have even higher rates of obesity. The awkward pinch of self-comforting denial in this argument aside, one look at the countries ranked higher than the USA would've told you that the population of all 8 of these countries together counts a mere 3 million people – which means that of the 319,000,000 people on top of the obesity list, 316,000,000 are U.S. American. Sounds like a primarily U.S. American problem to me!

    The source you used to prove your point actually refutes it and one swipe to Wikipedia could've told you so beforehand. With you then proposing that the whole country just get fit and only two other topics with similarly superficial propositions being mentioned in this article, its information depth seems rather shallow.

    It is not a problem people overshare their opinion, but it is a problem that people overshare their ignorance, arrogance and self-assumed superiority against others. This is the point where you could’ve stated it’s not a primarily U.S. American problem, since my impression is that many other countries as well boast a national pride that spawns such statements. Still, with many U.S. Americans not having a clue of the rest of the world compared to other countries’ peoples (or so was my impression from my encounters with U.S. Americans), the potential for ignorance is especially high in this country.

    Thanks again for your intention; I hope you'll turn this article into a series! Anything that boosts international understanding deserves to be supported. However, you should raise the quality of the next episodes – after the “Information Diet” on the same website, the first issue’s substance leaves a sour taste.

    • Ryan Dube
      April 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks Jonathan - I love the idea of a series, thank you. I also stand by the statistics. It's about fairly comparing the numbers rather than only looking at totals.

      "Since countries differ in total population, the study had to take the total percentage of overweight people in each country's population and not list the total number of people who are overweight to be able to fairly compare."

      http://www.healthkicker.com/697138499/contary-to-belief-america-is-not-the-fattest-country-in-the-world/

    • Aaron
      April 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      You complain about his use of statistics and then you write this:

      The awkward pinch of self-comforting denial in this argument aside, one look at the countries ranked higher than the USA would’ve told you that the population of all 8 of these countries together counts a mere 3 million people – which means that of the 319,000,000 people on top of the obesity list, 316,000,000 are U.S. American. Sounds like a primarily U.S. American problem to me!

      This assumes that 100% of all populations are obese. Wow.

    • Aaron
      April 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      As one of the few American commenters apparently, I would like to address the ethnocentrism aspect of the article. The United States is a large country and as a result, most Americans have little or no interaction with foreigners. As the author said, a black family (most "African Americans" I know prefer black since most of them haven't been African for generations) moves into his town and it's the first time in his 12 years of life he's seen a nonwhite.

      In fact, a single US state is the size of many European countries. So, the chance of having to interact with other cultures is greatly increased by living in Europe and so Europeans have to be more open to other cultues to be able to successfully interact. Not true here, where one can go years without having to interact with other cultures.

      It's the same issue with the "Americans only know English" stereotype. I live in Florida and so, with a high Spanish speaking population, I learned to speak some Spanish in high school. But, it's not like my European friends who travel for work or holiday to other countries frequently and so learn the languages by necessity. I rarely travel anywhere that English isn't spoken natively.

      As a matter of history, Americans are actually very accepting overall of other cultures. Lacking a historical "American" identity, Americans use the common bond of the Constitution as our common culture. One only needs to look at the issues European countries have with immigrants not assimilating to see how less accepting those countries truly are. Examples: Germany with regard to Arab immigrants, France with regard to gypsies, England trying to make it seem less appealing to Romanian immigrants. All these countries are having serious talks about how other cultures are destroying what it means to be German/French/English.

  4. Chris Hoffman
    April 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

    The ethnocentrism is definitely something I see a lot, especially insofar as many services and websites are only available to Americans.

    As a Canadian, I've seen articles all over the Internet written by American writers who write about services only available in the US without even noting the US-only limitation. it doesn't seem to be malicious -- instead, it doesn't even seem to cross their minds that a service may not be available in the majority of the world to the majority of people.

    • Scott M
      April 21, 2013 at 2:18 am

      That bothers me as well but it isn't their fault.The fault lies with CRTC and the radio television act regarding Canadian content.It is a horrible mess.

  5. Fabian_F_F
    April 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Most US-Americans can't wrap their head around the fact that the US-american way of doing things is not the only way, or more precisely, the only right/best way to do things.

    Human rights and/or Free speech is a nice example: USians often believe that their approach to Free Speech and human rights is the only right, true and best to handle the issues. Other places e.g. Europe have traditionally a different approach to Human rights in general, most often based on historic reasons. Western European nations have a stronger emphasis on protecting the Right to Life (no death penalty, no torture, free healthcare etc.) and regulate Free Speech when it stands in conflict with hate speech. In the USA it's the other way round.
    US-Americans are often very fast to claim their way of is the best way to handle human rights, democracy etc. and other democratic nations are inferior regarding liberty and freedom. This attitude even shines through in this article.

    I don't why this attitude is so prevalent in USians. I guess (!) it's because most USians don't travel outside their own nation and therefore don't get a different perspective and/or it's because most USians are constantly confronted with self-aggrandizing "propaganda" ("We are the best/fastest/greatest!" *furious flag waving ensues*).

    • Ryan Dube
      April 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      In that respect, I think that the example of human rights/free speech cuts to the core of the nation's founding, and that's probably why you see that attitude. It isn't so much "self-aggrandizing propaganda" today, but that US citizens in general have a deep respect for the values espoused by the individuals that created the Constitution and in general founded the form of government that you find today. It's more pride in the sacrifices made for those freedoms, rather than buying into any modern propaganda.

      On the other hand - I think you'll find that the flip side is true. "USians" might be quick to portray the founding principles as the best way to handle freedom and human rights, but you'll also find that they're often willing to explore (and openly express) where America gets it wrong. Capitalism, an individual-(me)-focused society, and many other areas -- these are things that I personally feel many other cultures get right. I love the generational family-centered society of India for example.

      There are a lot of things we can all learn from one another, if we're just willing to respect individuals as humans rather than as a "label" because they're from a specific country.

  6. Eva
    April 19, 2013 at 7:18 am

    I think there is quite a simple guideline: Do not assume that everyone you talk to is an American, or that culture and social issues everywhere are identical to US ones (the same goes for everywhere else of course). The most typical thing I notice about Americans online is that quite a few of them assume that *everyone* around them is American as well and has the same frame of reference and experience they do. One sees assumptions or statements along the lines of "we all know that X", or "we all did Y", or "we all have access to Z", or "the legality of this is P", where the variables are references to very US-specific phenomena. I'm sure that these statements are usually made without any bad intentions whatsoever, but they immediately show that the person making them has a very narrow point of view.

    It's sometimes quite frustrating. For example, I was in a discussion (on a site used very internationally) on the morality or whatever of making copies of DVD's you own, and the person starting it just began with a blanket statement of "Well, of course this is illegal in any case, but...". The illegality was the base for a long, involved, generalised statement. And when I politely replied that the current interpretation of the law where *I* live and in a number of other countries does in fact say that such safety copies are legal to make, the other person got quite snippy towards me for even pointing that out, because it was not relevant at all or something - when I at least thought that it *was*, because my judgment on the morality of the issue was formed by that. But apparently the only valid laws were US ones.

    I've seen plenty of situations like this, where there is an underlying expectation that only Americans are really welcome to be in certain spaces, other native speakers of English are tolerated as quaint oddities, and those of us who are not native speakers but for whatever reason communicate in English do not exist at all.

    It's natural that all of us are influenced by our own experiences, so I don't necessarily blame people for forgetting that their references might be culture-specific. For me, the interesting point comes when you point out these limitations - does the person who made a statement that implicitly assumed everyone belongs to their culture react by acknowledging their mistake, or are they annoyed and retreat further into their own corner? That's the part where I really make a judgment about them. And of course it's a general human thing, not an American one; we just tend to find it a lot more from Americans on the English-speaking internet because of the history the place has.

    • Ryan Dube
      April 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      This is very insightful Eva. My experiences confirm what you've said here. For me, I think it was having the opportunity to work with so many international co-workers on an international blog that sort of created this "awakening" of sorts - a realization that while I'm writing, there are more than just American eyes reading these words. It really changes how you think about what you write, how you test products and apps, and how you respond to readers.

      It can be difficult at times as well, because I might slip and cover a service only available to U.S. readers - and it's only when readers respond and complain that the service isn't available outside of the U.S. that I realize I forgot to check.

      I think it's a growing process for everyone - to realize that ideas expressed online are formed, as you point out above, by our own past and our experiences. They come from how we are brought up, where we are brought up, and the culture-specific values that went into our upbringing.

      It's okay to disagree on issues, but it's so important to understand why the other person holds a different view point, accepting that, and not making them feel disrespected because of it.

      Thanks again for your thoughtful comment!

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      April 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      I love your comment. It's right on the spot and I've experienced most of these things during my time online. Sometimes it's so annoying when people are speaking as if their own law and country and culture and whatnot is the only one in the world.

  7. dragonmouth
    April 19, 2013 at 12:40 am

    From personal experience I can tell you that American tourists can be spotted from a mile away. For the most part they dress loud and they talk loud. They insist that the entire world speak English for their convenience. If a native does not understand English, an American will speak slower and louder, as if the only problem were the speed of his speech. If someone does not understand English (or American) it must be because of arrested development. The chauvinism of the Americans is exceeded only by that of the French.

    • Ryan Dube
      April 19, 2013 at 12:48 am

      I'm sure there are plenty of American tourists that are like that - but I wouldn't paint all American tourists with such a wide brush. I'll bet there are some that have passed you by and you never knew they were American - probably because you weren't looking out for them, since they didn't match your idea of the "typical" American. I had no idea there are similar stereotypes about the French?

    • Scott M
      April 21, 2013 at 2:17 am

      I think the French are more stereotyped than Americans.Snooty French waiters,ignoring you if you speak French badly,Sneering at your fashion sense.I could go on.Check out some Monty Python and see how the French are seen.

  8. Jim
    April 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    It makes little sense to localize a product for the whole world until you find out if it even works.

    You sound like you feel guilty and sad that you live in a country that created the Internet. Don't you think the place that created it is more likely to have more services and such based on it? It's not prejudice. It's not laziness. It's not stupidly ignoring the rest of the world. It's simply good business. It's one single unified market that has one fourth of the world's business on the Internet.

    Companies around the world either develop for their own market first if it is of a decent size or they go for the global English speaking market. This gets them the huge American market and secondarily the huge group of people who speak English as a second language.

    Respect for cultural traditions and differences goes both ways. There is no reason Americans in particular need to change their behavior any more or any less than any other nationality interacting with others. You could make the exact same argument that people in the more communal or even sheltered cultures that you describe need to open up and be more expressive.

    Let's face it the person who has the burden to do the most is the one doing the selling. If you're selling something to the people you describe then of course you adhere to their expectations. If you're buying then they need to change to fit you. If it is simply a group of people talking with no specific agenda individually then reasonable politeness on everyone's part and acceptance of everyone as they are is all that should be expected or needed.

    Lastly, we are the way we are as far as individualism goes because we do think it is better. We do believe it is a better method. That's why we are that way. It has worked very well for us. Other choices may work as well in most cases or they may not. Not all alternative cultural traditions are the same. Some really do work better than others. This doesn't mean communal cultures don't work since they obviously do and historically are the normal human culture. That said, the richer and more developed a country becomes the more individualism seems to seep into their culture.

    I'm being sarcastic when I say this but you almost come across as though you feel sad and guilty that you weren't born a poor, starving Ethiopian. Obviously that's not your intent but your posting is so one-sided and apologetic that it comes across that way.

    • Ryan Dube
      April 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      I think these are good points and important points. My only response is really that I don't feel guilty and sad that I live in a country that invented the Internet - I'm quite proud of my country for many reasons beyond just that one - however, I am often sad and embarrassed by some of the behavior, attitudes, and downright ethnocentric comments made by some of my fellow Americans in international forums, blogs and websites across the net.

      I think you're point is a good one - people in more "sheltered" cultures need to open up and be more expressive in order to participate in this open and free online community. That's happening! It's safe to say that a lot of what contributes to the younger generations feeling motivated and compelled to stand up against oppressive regimes is thanks to social networks and the exchange of ideas and values on the Internet.

      At the same time, I don't see the other side of the coin (which I described in this article) happening very rapidly. Both sides need to be willing to accept that not everything is right or wrong about the other culture - and to try and find a middle ground where a productive conversation can take place, without either side feeling belittled or patronized.

      Anyway, great feedback - thank you for your comment.

    • Jim
      April 19, 2013 at 2:37 am

      :) Yeah, didn't really think you felt that way. Just illustrating how depressed or apologetic you came across at a couple of points.

      No question there are ignorant and cringe worthy American galore but I don't think it really has anything to do with international aspects. The same people you describe are most likely the same people you would shake your head at during internal political debate. There is the obvious right wing stereotype such as the latest talk radio conspiracy theorist or the left winger who laughs at people ignoring the science involving stems cells while he totally ignores the science involving vaccines or to a lesser degree GMO's.

      Personally, I just stick wih a dumbass is a dumbass regardless the country. It's not an American phenomenon.

      I just thought your approach to educating people on the issue was too one-sided and unnecessarily apologetic.

      The larger and more developed a country is the less its people need to know about other countries for their day to day lives. Most Americans don't speak another language because they don't need to. There's no benefit to them to do so.

      So yeah I think you have valid points in the sense that people should show more courtesy and thought in dealing with people internationally but most of that is really just old fashioned good manners. No one likes someone who is constantly bragging about how great they are in any sense. At the same time some of the loud American stereotype is simple misunderstanding and jealousy.

    • Ryan Dube
      April 19, 2013 at 2:45 am

      Agreed. By the way, I love this line: "Personally, I just stick wih a dumbass is a dumbass regardless the country. It’s not an American phenomenon."

      So true. :-)

    • Christian West
      April 19, 2013 at 1:55 am

      I understand that it's good market sense to create/advertise your product in the largest market. It's just frustrating being from outside that market, especially as many times commenters have no idea that products are only available in the US (*cough* Hulu *cough*). I can see both sides of that particular debate.
      Good article.

  9. Taha Ben Ali
    April 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    thanks at this article ,You Made me read to last line

  10. Keefe Kingston
    April 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I'm Canadian, and I approve this message! XD

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