November 30, 2009

THE PERMEABILITY OF THE ANGLOSPHERE:

The Sarah Palin peculiarity: The UK press can't get enough of America. Are we becoming the 51st state by online osmosis? (Peter Preston, 11/30/09, The Guardian)

The BBC Trust says BBC Worldwide must concentrate on its "international" mission. Where's that? America, of course: follow the cash and evolving culture. We celebrate when "our" stars conquer Hollywood and Broadway, when they're hired for House, The Wire, Twilight et al. We tune in to CNN and Fox on Mr Murdoch's Sky satellite – then giggle at their idiocies via Jon Stewart five times a week. We barely blink when Pamela Anderson arrives to play the genie of the lamp in Wimbledon's panto.

Our culture, in short, becomes more conflicted – not merely because of what we're receiving, but what we're dishing out. That (a question of language) sets us more apart from Europe. It also produces a weird, rootless media world which delivers countless lectures saying that crunched, broke America under a pensive, pondering Obama is a superpower no longer, dependent on Beijing, pursued by New Delhi – but then carries on saluting stars and stripes as per usual.

In London, pin-striped ex-mandarins queue up to dump on Tony Blair truckling to the White House. You can always curl Foreign Office lips for creeping too close to the Yanks. But the real problem is much deeper than that. Are you, those 10 million possible readers out there, Republicans or Democrats? Is the UK becoming the 51st state by online osmosis?


Given that globalization is just the process of making the whole world Anglo-American, how would Britain have resisted?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 30, 2009 5:43 PM
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