But if not hers the Dance of Death,
Great Dostoievsky's dance,
And if the things most finely French
Are better done in France--
Might not Americanisation
Be best applied to its own nation?
G. K. Chesterton
One of the greatest threats
that the European
s have had since the end of the 2nd World War (and even before, as the above poem indicates). Through television
and through Europe turning generally more and more capitalistic
, American thinking, the American way of life
is deplyoed all over our poor countries.
Some of the statements here might be mainly true for the Scandinavian countries than for Europe as a whole (Hooray for France and Germany).
Most unfortunate is probably the fact the most young people hail
this development. We didn't have junk food until the 1980es. McDonalds
didn't enter the Danish market until 1981
. In the 1970
s, the most populer soft drink in Denmark was called Jolly Cola
- it hardly doesn't exist anymore - Coca Cola
are all over us. And the young people
love it. Commercials aimed for teenager
s are in English (uhm
- American of course) only - it's coolest. Speaking in Danish is simply too boring.
TV Shows à la Ricki Lake
have infected the European homes - Germany
taking the lead. TV commercials found their way up through 80es and 90es - Denmark still having the first national channel without them. MTV Europe
is an institution in itself.
It is still very popular
for Danish teenagers to take a year in High School
in America - and they come back and think that they are so special and cool - deploy
ing even more cultural disaster onto us.
Some Americans (what a funny word to use - considering that Americans should actually be all the people of North and South America
) still wonder why Europeans are turning hateful
towards them. Some people still don't understand why I feel like punching a tourist in the face
, just for having an American accent
. Well - it has become too much - we are drowning
And don't get me wrong - most Americans are really nice people. But unfortunately, we have to take it out on them (even when they are not to blame), when we see our culture vanishing in front of us. And ryano - haw haw - actually, I looked it up and the poem is called AMERICANISATION...