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Peter Wilson

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America is not the center (or is that centre) of the universe as we know it! Amercan arrogance is astounding (and I like Americans)

American arrogance as its position as the world leader in everything is astounding. I just don't think that Americans 'get' that there are other views in the world. However rather than it being a big debate lets start with all the small things Americans, and American companies can do to recognise, or even demonstrate that they are open to other ideas. Lets start with who owns the Internet?

In fact lets start with a simple example of registering for TED Conversations (and nearly every other forum registration on the internet) - Why is the United States listed first and all other countries in alphabetical order after this?

The internet is awash with 'Americanisms' (is that even a word - separate debate!) but should the internet not have a common denominator that is not US centric. (That word common, works on so many levels). Default date selection should not US based, spelling should not be US spellings and when asking for an address ZIP code should not be the default!

Now you may think this is a petty debate, but its not. The Internet is a force for good. We have all been admiring its use in the 'Arab Spring'. We all love the idea of collaboration and easy access to research and expertise. However all the major bodies that govern the internet have a strong US bias and perhaps it is time to change that. I read recently that Superman is to become a more global figure, standing for Truth and justice the global way: fighting tyranny no matter the perpetrator. Perhaps the internet needs to be the same and perhaps we can start with small steps instead of looking for big solutions. Perhaps next time I register on a forum the country list will be purely alphabetical?


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      Jun 6 2011: Honestly, what do you expect to be done about the time difference? You say that you miss videos because of the time difference; well, keep in mind that the notifications are usually about the Talk of the Day. So, I ask: why should you expect them to send out notifications anywhere from 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM? Would you be willing to do the same for your job?
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          Jun 6 2011: I know you said it wasn't a personal attack. I wasn't treating it like a personal attack. I was just listing what I thought were perfectly rational comments about your statement. Did I think you really expected someone to do something aboutthe time difference? No. Again, I was just posting my thoughts. So why don't you lighten up, huh?

          And as for the "hot dual" of words...never heard the expression before. Well, you learn something new everyday.

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