For John, BLUF: WWe are a somewhat unique nation, and it is great. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From PJ Media, by Author Sarah Hoyt, 10 July 2018.
Here is the thrust of it. These United States are somewhat unique, in that we tend to join groups in a sort of self organizing fashion.
Again, what if you gave a singularity and only America came? And why would only America be interested in citizen journalism?This is not original with Ms Sarah Hoyt. It goes back to the first half of the 1800s and the writings of Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville.
Well, as I keep telling you, we’re strange. Not bad strange, just … different.
America has a greater tendency to self-organize and form spontaneous organizations. This was very strange to me when I came to the US first: Everything from sewing circles to local civic organizations uses Robert’s Rules of Order. And everyone belongs to some group that has self-organized to do something of mutual interest.
Here is the wrap-up of the post:
Yes, I know, people in the comments will tell me that their countries have the same specialized organization, or someone will cite some study that says America lags behind in initiative and self-organization. Take a powder, will you?Yes, American Exceptionalism.
I have actually lived in, or still socialize with and have friends in other countries, and I can tell you this level of self-organization is not only unheard of, but it’s not understandable by most people in most other countries.
You might find pockets of it, like say in the island in Australia where my friend Dave Freer lives, but it’s not a society wide thing.
Maybe you need that self-organization, that level of confidence in your fellow citizens to make blogs and alternate news media really popular.
If that’s the case, how will we diverge yet more from Europe and the rest of the world?
And what will result from it?
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff