Originally Posted by IloveSiamese
And Back to the thread..lol.... I hate the way all American's are portrayed on tv. I think that is where a lot of stereotypes are made. I'm sorry, but I know a few Canadians that think Americans are dumb rednecks because of the fox network....The night we held our election in Canada, Fox anchor person announced Canada had just elected a new President.....we have a Prime Minister....they never said "rather Prime Minister" ...I had a little chuckle about that, but that was one network lol.
"Faux News" hardly portrays what I'd consider an average "American" point of view or perhaps even educational standard, and Murdoch isn't even a native-born American. That's not to say it isn't widely watched by people from all walks of life and educational backgrounds, but there is a lot of criticism of it.
That said, yes, television and Hollywood movies are what seem to form many non-Americans' opinion of the U.S. and its citizens.
I'm often asked why so many Americans seem to know so little about other countries and cultures, and I think that the sheer size of the U.S. population plays a big role. The U.S. has the third-largest population in the world, and 50 states, plus numerous territories. I believe the current estimate of the population is roughly 300 million. It's difficult enough to keep track of what is going on in the country itself, let alone in other countries. I can imagine that China and India have much the same problem. Actually, it's probably worse in those countries.
Secondly, the U.S., like Canada and Australia, is a country with an "open" immigration policy. So much time and effort are spent in schools "Americanizing" or "integrating" children with immigrant backgrounds that there doesn't seem to be much time left for learning about other countries. Okay, that was just my experience in the Pennsylvanian school system. We had U.S. history and social studies every
year, and it wasn't until high school and college that I had any opportunity to take courses about the history/culture of other countries. My nieces and nephews have had pretty much the same curricula in Nebraska, though, and my cousin in California (five kids) complains about the same thing.