"I am a New Yorker"
Uh yeah, so as WCM suggested, I guess I'll make a little offshoot thread instead of derailing "Bin Laden is DEAD". When is it appropriate to primarily label yourself a member of a city/country/etc/? Here's where the convo left off:
I think it's an often overlooked fallacy to suggest that you have to experience something to have an opinion on it, even just a few particular aspects of it that basic human experience allows you to relate to. I'm sorry, but anyone can see that there is an immense difference between growing up somewhere and moving there as an adult, and you're kind of understating that here. You have a good point when you say that there is a subjective aspect to this matter, but I would say the subjective part is how much you are personally affected by the culture of the city (like you said).However, the thing you're missing is, being affected by a city is not the same as being a person that has the right to identify primarily as member of that city. Sure, there's a little bit of gray area with this, but suppose someone lived in New York for a year and then claimed to be "a New Yorker" (in the non-literal sense of the phrase of course). It's just like....wtf?
Originally Posted by Jakebert
BTW, living in South Jersey, I know TONS of people who have gone to school for years in Philly and New York. I kinda don't really hear this "I am a (insert city resident suffix thing here)" mentality from them...like ever.
Last edited by bighead384; 05-05-2011 at 12:41 PM.
When they said "sit down", I stood up.