Call Me A Fool30 Jul 2008
1. A national culture of modesty that frowns upon too much self-expression. Americans have the advantage here. They're hardly afraid of looking like fools, and like to talk about themselves.
Herr Lumma will be interested in point 4:
4. Germany's hierarchical, party-driven, elite-dominated political structure doesn't foster the belief that ordinary citizens can meaningfully change government policies ... there is no critical mass of people who consider the Internet a tool for positive political mobilization (rather than ranting), [thus] there is no real incentive to try to form mass movements or raise large amounts of money on-line
As for me, I'll try to take point 1 more to heart and play the fool here more often.