Friday, July 18, 2008
We're all living in Amerika!
"We're all living in Amerika, Amerika ist wunderbar!"
So the song by Rammstein goes, but what exactly does it mean? America may have the strongest army on the planet, but they have a force far stronger than that, their culture, and this is what the song is going on about.
How true is it? Well for one thing I can safely say that all the TV I watch is either American or English. Occasionally some Japanese, French or Spanish media comes my way, but the vast majority is from the United States.
Mickey Maus, Santa Claus, Coca Cola, Wonderbra the song goes on to exclaim. Just some of the American commercial products that have penetrated throughout the world. They have become so established that they seem like commonplace local products or ideas in countries the world over.
The song speaks the truth as the as we all know our McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, President Bush and a whole load of American culture and icons that has become like our own.
We all watch American TV, Listen to American music and a lot of us dress in American styled clothing. How many of us use words like dude and a huge variety of other slang that is dominant in the US. It becomes even more apparent when English (Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale) and Australian (Russel Crowe, Hugh Jackman) actors have to put on American accents to make a living. America is the home of all major media, and so even these individuals must appear to be American in order to get a big hit movie - of course the majority are all made in the US.
That kind of makes you wonder what the World would have been like if the Germans had won World War II...
We're all living in Amerika, Amerika... Amerika!