Me too, but just because I don't like them doesn't mean their point of view is invalid.
PS validity is a concept best reserved for arguments (the rational kind, not the poo flinging that goes on here).
it's like saying "u americans are mostly dushbags"
The "careful management" of the sterile streets of Vancouver is one of the reasons I prefer the "mismanagement" here.
i notice it in other threads too, where he gives advice to all and soundry about living and working in a country/region he has never lived or worked in.
more 5anuk! less toac!
So much of what people from the more developed economies celebrate as "culture", especially the more colorful and exotic varieties, is little more than poverty dressed up by the imaginative refusal of said folks to see what they are looking at.
"Strike a pose."
But then I've read books and don't buy into the faux-authenticity crap denoted by gruvy spelling and other noble savage posturings.
well as long as you lot are defining the terms, far be it from the proles to have an outlook worth considering of their own milieu.
i don't celebrate a street stall as culture, this is where we diverge. i see someplace to eat. the situation that fosters food stalls is neither here nor there. just eat it man. i doubt that most people see it as a 'problem', or a consequence of a degenerate society.
well you did say 'so much' so you aren't generalizing to the hilt, but it does sound as though the world is divided into cultural theorists who really know the real world and the rest who know nothing but pavlovian response to the sight and smell of a noodon moo daeng. i take it like your friend here you'd never be caught slurping noodles on the street with the backpackers and shopgirls, dogeared foucault sticking out of your dusty satchel.