April 10, 2005
Mickey Mouse & CO.
Agenda Item- Yea so the U.S. portray's our country as being the greatest place but who has to listen? Why do other countries have to produce our products use our products and try to live our life if they feel that we shouldn't been seen as the greatest place? It's a difference of opinons; like saying football is better than baseball...yes a football player will feel football is better and vice versa. So a german will say GERMANY is better..How can the United States be blamed for another country trying to be like us when no one is forcing them?
Posted by JenniferSherbo at April 10, 2005 01:48 AM
Jen, you left a comment on the class blog wondering whether there was something wrong with your entries.. I can read them both just fine.
You say "no one is forcing them," but the US dollar is a powerful economic force. For instance, we are transforming India because our companies are hiring well-educated Indians to do telemarketing jobs. In the process, the Indian employees are learning to speak English with a midwestern acccent, and they are developing a taste for our culture.
Because American companies want to hire Indian employees who can speak English perfectly -- without a trace of accent -- that is one way in which we are promoting our culture overseas.
Beware of rhetorical questions. You aren't really looking for evidence to support the claim that the US should be blamed, you are instead denying that the US should be blamed. What evidence can you offer that nobody is forcing them? Don't we have a history of using force to support democracy and the freedom of religion? Isn't that a way of forcing other people to be like us?
I agree with you Jen, no one is forcing any other countries to do thing just like the United States. Other countries must think the the United States has good ideas and want to be like the US. The US has its problems, but the US a good place for a country to copy. If the Unted States is a place that no other country should be like and other countries don't like the US. Then why are so many people trying to come here to have a better life?
I agree also no one is forcing other countries to be like America, they on their own chose/wants to be like us. Are we that good of a country? The U.S. like Heather said is a good place to be copied but it is also one of the BEST places to be criticized.
I agree with Jen I really don't think anyone is forcing anyone to think a certain way. I think it's their choice.