Something Russamano said today struck me today. He said, “There is very little of that bug of self-censorship in America.” It got me thinking, how much do we censor ourselves in America?
With the internet and technology, it seems like we are censoring ourselves a lot less than normal. For instance, Facebook has totally reshaped our personal lives. The average user has 130 friends. About half of those friends log in during any given day. That’s 65 people who see your status, your photos, your relationships and your life broadcast to them each day. I currently have 276 “friends.” I never realized how almost 300 people could look at my personal information on any given day.
Other than that, it seems like Americans are really outspoken when it comes to their opinions. We say what we want when we want. I think that’s what contributes to the “loud, crass, American stereotype.” However, we have been criticized for our inability to follow through on opinions.
“A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won’t cross the street to vote,” – Bill Vaughn