First of all, i have nothing against American o.k. :) I have relatives that live in the states, and i have visited them on more than one occasion, and have never had a problem with anybody in America. But i still have to ask this question...It's not meant to be inflamatory, it's just a simple question...
From the times that i have been to America and from the american news programs on cable, I notice that alot of Americans don't really have a broad view on other cultures besides their own..And i'm not specifically referring to people in this forum (although i'm sure there are quite a few in this category), but just regular people... I've noticed that most people don't even know where Austalia is (yes that's where i'm from), it doesn't bother me, but i just find it fascinating than so many people don't really have any knowledge of others outside of the U.S.A..
Is it because of education? Do you not really get taught this sort of stuff at school? Is it attitude? Maybe you don't really care about anybody outside your country?
Obviously most people would be aware of countries like enland, or france, etc...But i'm referring to other countries that aren't in the spotlight all the time...
I was just curious if Americans are aware of this, because i can say that the rest o the world pretty much is..
P.S- i have admit, that there's a few african nations i have no idea about.. :nodding:
hi there I got some relatives in the US too, been in USA a couple of times and followed their news programs. what you said is pretty true. America is the world's largest industry, and somehow defining the future with their products. also, the US have a huge influence on the rest of the world. turn on the TV, and see how many american TV series, movies and music clips you see. but by far not as many influences come from outside into the USA. this gives some americans a *king*-feeling. they think they rule the world, and the USA would be the only important thing on earth. example: if everybody on earth would be living like americans, we would need 3 earths for resources and environment. per capita, no other country is producing that much mess and using that many resources.
i live in the us. a lot of people dont give a rats ass about annthing outside of north america. i dont like living here. we dont care about annything but ourselves. if every part of the world lived like americans, we would all be dead. i think america creates the most pollution on earth and thats tearin apart EARTHS ozone layer(the ozone layer doesnt just belong to us americans) that would be a lot of pollution.
pretty surprized to hear that from an american, but I knew ppl like you would exist too :) (just not as many as ignorant ppl...) :agreed !
I must agree... I live in South Africa at the moment and I sometimes see American tourists who come here with the "where's the next lion" attitude. They think that there are wild animals still roaming the streets! Another incidence was a "survivor" type show, can't remember the name, where an american contestant said that he couldn't wait to see the bears and tigers. Bears in the desert and tigers in Africa. Yeah right. As I was still living in Thailand my bro had an american friend and he showed him a map and asked him to show him where America was and his friend could not do it... I do not think all Americans are dumb, but unfortunately you do see enough examples to leave space for prejudice. Cheers:cheers: I am Lord Wiener. Know that.
I read a great book called 'Why do people hate America?' It was refering to 9/11. Anyway it focused its self on attitudes Americans have towards others, and basically blamed the lack of respect/knowlegde on: 1) The Media. Only showing what is important to US interests (e.g. showing Iraq but not violence in Africa, unless US interests where concerned). Not giving enough informed debate. Media=Pro-Govt and not raelly challenging it. 2) Lack of Education of Others. No religion taught in school therefore some Americans believe that Islam promotes violence and terrosism. Also they only learn (to some extent) US history. You do not have to take history past 14 in the US and upto 14 you only learn about US history, the civil war etc. 3) Lack of Movement. As alot of Americans do not leave America in their lifetime they do not experience other cultures first hand. Therefore they do not understand how they work. 4) Patorism (sp?). Rallying round the flag all the time. the US MUST be right and if another country disagrees they are the ones that are wrong 5) The US Govt. For example the website dedicated to the war on terror is called 'Defend America'. That name is bad for two reasons; it makes America look likes its being attack 24/7 and it gets people to panic, therefore not argue against the Govt as they are seen to be 'defending' America (but realistically the 'attacks' are not as prominant as the Govt like to make them out to be)
Just my views from the book.
I wouldn't just make this statement about Americans. There are people like that here, just not that many, and it really depends on you who come in contact with. I, personally, am very knowledgable about world events, etc, but there are people who are very ignorant. Alex gen, you have to take history throughout your schooling. It doesn't just stop at 14. The education is not the problem. The education is fine here, but there are people who just don't care. For example, one girl in my history class thought that the Russians were still communist. I'd say about 30-40% of Americans are ignorant. You've only seen tourists, and that's just not that many. And c'mon, do you really think the average person will have extensive knowledge on the place they're visiting. This is just me talking.
To some extent? They are learning THEIR OWN history to some extent? How old is the US (I ask this beacause in poland we learn all of our 1000 years of history)?
alex gen, you listed some very nice reasons, I agree to all of them. ppl living in a modern country should know more about the world, methinks. ignorance is feeding prejudices.
Well, the Americans you talk of are those who chose not to learn. I live abroad and have been to 3 contients.
In the states, you really dont have to do anything for anyone. You dont have to think, you just continue with you life.
Also, I have noticed, that an American policy or descision effects the general educated population of Europe (most people), but lets say a European one doesnt really have that big of an impact on the general American populus.