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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Why the World Hates Us (Part 1?)

I have recently learned, through the good folks over at moveon, that the world hates us because of George W. Bush and our military involvement around the world. Fair enough.

Why are we in this position? Well, the Europeans could not keep Germany in check after the first time we bailed them out so FDR (a Democrat) sent us in to pull their butts out of the fire again. Afterwards, FDR and Harry Truman (another Democrat) established the Cold War. We played war with the Soviet Union for the next forty years. This expanded the influence of the U.S. globally. The final nail in the Soviet coffin was put in by Ronald Reagan (a Republican).

That was twenty years ago. What about now? Well, we still have military bases all over the world but we really don't do anything with them except maintain the status quo. No, the world hates us because of a city in southern California.

The product that gets produced in Los Angeles is one of our largest exports. It also happens to, according to its producers, accurately portray U.S. life and culture. I am writing about television and the movies.

God knows, I am certainly not a prude. My Deadhead friends will attest to that. But even I am offended by most of what I have seen come out of Hollywood for the last thirty-five years. If I were a more moral person, I would be downright pissed. I personally can't see how religious people can be as tolerant as they have been. If I were a Muslim living in an Islamic country, and my impressions of the United States were the impressions that came out of Hollywood, I would definitely view the United States as the most corrupt and immoral society in the world.

If Hollywood portrayed the United States as it really is we would have shows that showed what Americans really do day-in and day-out. You know: get up, go to work, work, come home, eat, watch tv, go to bed, start over again the next day. Boring, you bet. But it is at least an accurate portrayal of the life of Americans.


Anonymous THE Aprentice said...

well now, it seems that you have found yourself a suitable outlet and since this is a discusion board i feel inclined to engage.At least to some degree we (as ammericans) are ultimately at fault weather we care to admit it or not. If there were no demand for shows like DESPERATE HOUSE WHORES and QUEER EYE FOR THE CLOSET FAG they wouldnt exist but our standards are so damn low anymore that any sick asshole with no integrity and certainly no honor can get a sitcom. but the masses eat it up and therefore also shoulder some of the blame, I believe the term once coined is "tasset concent" ??

9:12 PM

Blogger The Plumber said...

Hi aprentice!

You are certainly right. The mere fact that many people watch these shows gives producers all of the "tacit consent" they need to give us more crap.

I have to wonder, however, if the only thing on tv was the news, sports, and documentaries, would the masses still eat it up. I think so. Too many Americans are too lazy to engage in meaningful activities in their off-work hours. The idiot box is very convenient.

Thanks for engaging me in this discussion, I have no fun engaging myself. Well, most of the time.

8:37 AM

Anonymous The Aprentice said...

Wile we are on the subject of the news... (the leftist spin machine) many of our news broadcasts are availabe world-wide via satelite thus they get as mutch play as hollywood. and they dont help our image either. they never say anything worth a damn almost the entire broadcast consists of.. Rapist,Rapist Murder, Murder, Grusome Murder Corupttion, Corupt executive, polution, evil politition, suck suck suck and so on. Not only does this add to our already bad image, it also has a negitive affect on our cultures outlook on the world thus contributing to our ever declining standards.

4:54 PM

Blogger The Plumber said...

The foreign press is considerably more vigilant than the U.S. press. I don't necessarily blame the reporters. It is the editors who make the call as to what gets printed or broadcast.

If we had the news outlets that gave us in-depth international news, we would see that many of the bad things that happen here also happen in every other country.

It is a double edged sword. On the one hand, no news is good news. On the other, generic, feel-good news doesn't serve any purpose.

Thank goodness for the internet and talk radio.

7:46 AM


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