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    "Social learnings" - the internet spreads these universally. From the right-wing racists to the communists everybody speaks the same meme language. It's an American language, of course.

    Online culture will surely trend towards a monoculture.
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    Presumably a one-man desert island couldn't have a culture, but a two-man desert island could?
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    Maybe cultural 'validity' is determined by the number of adherants.

    (Although today with the championing of minority rights that actually might be flipped!)
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    One interesting aspect of the world history for dimmies I'm reading ATM is

    Some cultures (e.g. Egypt, China) thrived in - relative - isolation.

    Others (Greece, Rome) thrived due to oppenness to outside influences.

    The isolated cultures were less diluted but also less innovative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    Some cultures (e.g. Egypt, China) thrived in - relative - isolation.
    Was Egypt 'isolated', though? It was connected to other nearby civilizations by trade routes from earliest prehistory. Invaded and ruled by Hyksos for several generations, later conquered a large empire that extended as far north as modern-day Turkey, brought them into contact with the Hittite empire... admittedly it does seem more monolithic from an aesthetic and theological point of view, compared to the peoples of the Levant and Mesopotamia who more readily shared artistic ideas and had a common stock of gods and myths.

    China maybe was more isolated, but even so, you've got the Silk Road going back to 200 BC and earlier interactions with central Asia and Iran going back much further than that.
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    If we don't know what a culture is how on earth are we going to determine what a counter culture is?

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    I'm starting to think we are dangerously stupid and shouldn't be allowed to speak. Vow of silence.

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    It is the medium through which we attempt to channel the gods.

    Pop culture is orthodoxy, counter culture is mysticism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadmanbarty View Post
    It is the medium through which we attempt to channel the gods.

    Pop culture is orthodoxy, counter culture is mysticism.
    what's darkside then? it could not survive as any kind of counter-culture after 93. everyone hated it - too moody and twitchy and crack music!
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