Donnerstag, 2. Juli 2009

*Monoculture*

On the way to the U.S., I talked to a German guy who said the biggest thing he noticed that differed between America and Germany is what he called "monoculture." He said that you can find the same stores everywhere and that houses all look the same.

While in some ways something is lost with every place being fairly similar, my sister and I discussed how it can also be comforting. No matter where you are in the U.S., you know that you can pick up a cheap but cute shirt at Old Navy, almost any kind of candy or marker at Target, and household stuff at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

In Germany, there are many things I would have no idea where to find. Like a white-erase marker. And while those things are available somewhere, the main stores don't carry a wide variety of things nor brands of those things they do have. But you do get more of the more unique, personality-filled, smaller stores.

Kommentare:

Sebastián Moncho hat gesagt…

As you say, in Europe if you want a specifict item you must go to an specifict shop. That's how it works here he he he. If you try, for example, to buy a videogame, a painting or even jeans on a traditional shop... you will pay the difference ;)

Tanwon hat gesagt…

This is an interesting topic. Although it may be convenient to know where to shop anywhere in America - it is only a short-term (rarely used) convenience used when you are out of town. Community interaction is lost in the corporate shopping world. To go further, no one is really a grocer in Utah unless they own a grocery store - and to tie it in with your previous post. .. they may not know very much about produce and the items they offer whereas a specified shop owner may. Also, going to target to buy a pen can be overwhelming if you don't know exactly what type of pen you would like - Americans have unncessary plethora of options, contributing to an already frightening consumerist culture. But that's my rant for right now. When it comes to paying more for the pen at a private store ask me again. ;)

susana hat gesagt…

I think thats too nice thanks...
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Karolina hat gesagt…

And Hungary is even worse than Germany... :) You wouldn't believe it! :) But I kind of like how you can walk in any store and have a complete surprise of what kind of shoes, candies, clothes, etc. you can buy there. :) But that makes you unique because not too many people will walk around in the same shoes as you are. :)

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