Thursday, April 03, 2008

People from other places say various things about people from here, but not that we're good listeners. "Oh, those Americans listen so well."--not said.

People from other places often note that Americans ask many questions in a way that tiring and annoying. The implications is that Americans don't notice the situation they are in, don't listen to it enough to even ask good questions. The implication is if they noticed where they were they wouldn't be asking all these question from other places and other assumptions, but would be absorbing the different place they are.