Why is the world so America-centralized?
Whenever there is a conflict, the main question is “how will America react?”. Whenever there is an American event, everyone crowds around the TV to see it. Whenever you hear an acronym, such as CIA, you think of the Central Intelligence Agency of America, but never the Central Intelligence Committee of India or China or Iceland. Whenever there is something going on in the news about America, the news broadcasters discuss the event for literally 14 hours straight, and disregard a disaster that happened in the Philippines that killed hundreds of people.
When there was the plane crash in Spain, it was all over the news. Many people died, and there is little explanation to be found. I was watching a report on this, and all I could hear was “Will the government (referring to the US, like they assume you would recognize it’s the US government and not Spain’s) penalize the airline company that caused the crash? How will America give aid to the Spanish?”. There was very little about what actually happened, and what they did report was the same thing that they said 10 minutes ago, in a very fast reading right before the commercial break.
America isn’t the only country with elections you know. Canada had an election right before America did, but for some reason, even Canadian TV was broadcasting reports about Obama and McCain. The Canadian campaigns took less than 2 months, and the American elections took 2 years. So, halfway through a president’s term, the media is flocking towards the next president. When Clinton had an affair, everyone got into hysteria, but affairs happen all the time, with many presidents all over the world. Why flock over one in particular?
Whenever you hear The Government or The Army, you think automatically of the US government or army. Why make the US more important than other governments? Why make the US a standard? Other countries had disasters on September 11 too. Why does 9/11 mean the day that the twin towers were attacked? Why not another event in the world that happened on that day?
When Obama was about to announce his running mate for the democratic ticket, it was plastered everywhere. This was the day before. Everyone was talking about the amazing super text message that Obama was gonna send, the day before it happened for 23 hours, instead of discussing the hurricane that ravaged the Philippines that killed hundreds in the same day.
On the United Nations website, it says “We the people”, a common American slogan. Why is America featured as the main focus on an international organization that should encompass the whole world?
I find this America Central is occurring on Fluther too. When someone on Fluther has a different idea than that of the majority who are from America, he or she gets bashed. There are a gazillion questions about Obama (look at the tag cloud) and there are a gazillion more about the economy and how America will fix it. Whenever there is a flutherite who asks a question in bad english, he or she is bashed for not talking in the official language of America.
Everything seems to be tied back to America. I’d like to know why. What are your theories? Why is America the central power in the world? What gives America the right to be the center of the world?
This is not a rant. I want your opinions too.
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