Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Question for English readers: why the hyper local classifications?

Sorting through a lot of stuff originating in England specifically, not the UK or Great Britain but England itself, there seems to be a tendency to identify a person's accent and the presumed qualities of person with said accent down to absurdly small pieces of geography, along with general opinions about the place. Every country does this to some degree but I've never read accounts of it taken to such extremes as in England. There seems to be a tendency to see where ever you live or are from as being the real, sane, part of England and every other place as being some degree of flawed, fucked up, and inferior. Although this is a loaded question, what's the point? It seems like a really big waste of time and energy that could more profitably be used some other way.

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