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Currently the conventional wisdom among a nonnegligible fraction of the population is that everywhere outside the US is the 3rd world. See my "depressing though" above" on the chances of that changing.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu May 17th, 2007 at 02:33:57 AM EST
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This of course explains their view of Europe, which is barely a little above 3rd world, and will only pull itself out of its mud hut and starving goat heritage if it does things The American Way.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu May 17th, 2007 at 05:36:53 AM EST
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You're just jealous...
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu May 17th, 2007 at 05:50:49 AM EST
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(do I need to put </snark>?)
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu May 17th, 2007 at 05:52:23 AM EST
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No, not really.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu May 17th, 2007 at 10:03:04 AM EST
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Barely?

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu May 17th, 2007 at 06:00:54 AM EST
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When I said "if it becomes common knowledge" I meant it. Your (and everyone else's) point about the state of the information this country is getting is valid, but propaganda of any sort has limits.

While a lot of people will disagree with this, the current difference in social and living conditions between the US and Europe is very narrow. It's certainly narrow enough for that sort of propaganda to work on a certain portion of the populace, even the portion that suffers from our poor distribution of wealth in the US vs. Europe.

If we come to a place where American cities are in full decline, unemployment is rampant, jobs are unavailable, and opportunity is gone (I'm thinking 1930's depression), but the same is not true of Europe - that sort of reality can't be completely hidden. Unless the media comes under full control of the government, such an event WILL be covered, as advertisers have no values, and anything that stokes negative emotions gets people to watch TV.

Not wanting to start a pie fight here, but I don't like the hyperbole contained in your comment. Deep seated fear comes with any superiority complex. When the US was in recession in the early 90's and the auto industry was on its death bed while Japan was conquering the capitalist world, there was deep regret and fear of Japanese prowess and American inferiority. Let's add a bit of nuance.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Thu May 17th, 2007 at 01:51:43 PM EST
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