[lit-ideas] Re: American Culture

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2006 13:37:11 -0400

Nathan Gardels and Mike Medavoy's essay is a curious example of submerged politics. First, they shower us with examples of cultural conflict brought about by global media. Then they say American media is losing popularity because of the invasion of Iraq and subsequent PR scandals. They use this observation to close with a call for running away from Iraq.

It's a hodge-podge of seemingly reasonable observations woven into a prefab frame:

1. People hate the intrusion of global media into their cultures. (Surprise, surprise. International surveys have shown the more poorly-assimilated societies are the least happy ones. Conservative forces in cultures will always try to retain the traditions of previous generations.)

2. There is a mounting resistance to the hegemony of US global media. This mounting resistance is caused in part by Iraq and the rise of the Christian right in domestic politics. (Surprise, surprise.)

4. American media is not as multicultural as it should be. It should be even more tolerant and accepting...like what? Iranian cinema? Italian cinema?

The article does ring true in its final paragraphs. Expect more pandering to the global market, which will ultimately produce blander and less risky films...maybe a lot more animal-in-the-city cartoons. If, as the article argues, Citizen Kane could not be produced in Hollywood today, don't expect anything else of similar quality. It might offend some target segment of the market.

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