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Monday, September 15, 2003

Cultural Identity

Just completed a voluntary questionnaire for the French website ViaMichelin, which incidentally is a great site for European roadmaps and town plans, as well as route planning, hotels etc.

I was interested in the different cultural slant on hobbies and interests (from what I'm used to with a UK-based organisation), which gives an insight into our similarities and differences:
Quels sont vos centres d'intérêts? [What are your interests?]

Animaux de compagnie [pets]
Associatif, caritatif [community or charity work]
Auto, moto [cars, motorbikes]
Beauté, santé [beauty, health]
Bourse, placements, assurances [the stock market, investments]
Bricolage, jardinage, décoration [DIY, gardening, decorating]
Cinéma, vidéos, télévision
Informatique [information technology]
Jeux de hasard, loteries [gambling, lotteries]
Jeux vidéo [video games]
Lecture (livres, journaux, presse magazine) [reading = books, newspapers, news weeklies]
Mode, vêtements [fashion, clothes]
Nouvelles technologies [new technologies]
Sorties (concerts, théâtre, spectacles) [going to shows]
Vins, gastronomie [wines, good food]
Voyages, vacances, tourisme [travelling, holidays, tourism]
I don't remember any UK questionnaires asking whether I was interested in beauty and health, or gambling. Significant by their absence are things like pubbing/clubbing, galleries/museums and arts/crafts.
I guess it may just be that they've only listed those activities that might make me prey to internet marketing, but I'd be interested to collect similar lists from other countries - just to get an idea of the different cultural emphases.

posted by Plig | 11:25 |

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