Well, I understand the gravity of the date and it’s importance to you, but that doesn’t hinder my feelings that it’s a ridiculous over-celebration of an occurrence that a lot of countries in the modern world have gone through (That is, separation from British rule) Though I gather in the USs case it had more social significance.
However, my point is that the 4th seems less about celebrating a significant date in history, and more about a narcissistic display of American ‘dominance’ that seems woefully unnecessary on a site that is already incredibly americentric.
For example, I know in fair enough detail about American independence and the reasons behind the Fourth of July, not through any intentional effort of my own, but through unavoidable socialisation through the media and by extension this website.
This education is completely one sided, as I doubt you have as in depth a knowledge about other countries as the rest of the world has about the US. I’m of course not saying this is intentional on your part, but the Americentrism shown through almost all aspects of globalisation often robs other countries and their nationals of an identity.
One often has to assimilate American mannerisms and conversation styles in order to be apart of an international discussion, and such American culture is normalised and aspired to. Other nationals have to strive to learn themselves on this culture, if they want to fit well or network wider social sites like tumblr, while Americans themselves don’t have to make any reciprocal effort.
This is why I made allusions of this reaction to Straight pride on the original post. The spotlight on American culture is so normalised, that others feel a noticeable difference when it is taken away. Thusly feeling at a disadvantage or at an injustice when the reality is entirely different. Other nations often feel that they have to celebrate their culture overtly arrogantly and LOUDLY in order to be heard above the American focus.
The forth of July and the Eurovison is incomparable, as the Eurovison song contest is often posted as a time AWAY from immediate American scrutiny, and you can see even a week of that was deemed too much for some American bloggers.
My main point is that majority of non-American tumblr users ALREADY know in detail the Fourth of July and it’s celebrations, so a website filled with posts about a date that has no significance to them can seem exhausting, and something others want to (understandably) avoid.
Blegh I understand my elocution on this post is sub-par but I hope I’ve helped you understand where I’m coming from.