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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:45 PM
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Post-anti-Americanism
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/09/post-anti-americanis...

You can still buy an American newspaper at the kiosk in Romes Piazza Colonna, but you have to ask the lady behind the counter. She turns from the window, paws through a stack on the floor, and produces an International Herald Tribune, holding it at arms length like a day-old fish. Its the same availability and tone in Venice, the Greek islands, and Istanbul. The implicit question in the transaction is always the same: why would you want to read that thing about that place at this time?
And when you read about America in European newspapers, what you are likely to find is a tone bordering on pity. The U.S. is depicted as a fraying empire of obesity, ignorance, debt, gridlock, stagnation, and mindless war. Sure, the iPad is cool, but it is evidence of what America was, not what it will be again. The stories are not angry, accusatory, or even ideological. Its worse: they are condescendingly elegiac.
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Glorfindel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:23 PM
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1. I can't bring myself to care
Empire is not worth the price. We're becoming 17th Century Spain without the inbred monarchy.
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:41 PM
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2. Yep. You know you're in trouble when nobody even bothers to hate you.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:48 PM
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3. Well, yes, European newspapers do tend to report on America more truthfully than ...
the American media.

On the other hand, they have much worse sections on American sports. ;-)
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:54 PM
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4. More blah, blah from the Euros.
They're put their noses in the air since before the ink on the Constitution was dry. Who cares?
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