American Exceptionalism

CNN International covers Durban. CNN in the US does not.

This sort of thing is well-known at Time as well.

American exceptionalism, in the end, appears to be some sort of market-driven mental block against seeing the world as spherical.

Comments:

  1. The substantiative US business press (Economist, Wall Street Journal - aside from the idiotic opinion pages) will cover Durban. Because it is published for decision makers, and the US mainstream media is for keeping the rabble in line. So you have the peculiar fact that the gap between the substantiative business press and the mainstream media is larger the more powerful a country is, all other things equal. So non-elite Europeans can be trusted with information that non-elite US Americans cannot.

  2. Yes, this is a clear indication that the marketers know that America is a fear stricken country that covers its eyes at anything that indicates they really do have things to be afraid of. The TIME covers highlight just how self involved and ethnocentric we've become

  3. "American exceptionalism, in the end, appears to be some sort of market-driven mental block against seeing the world as spherical."

    Now this sounds like one of the most nail-hitting natural-philosophic aphorisms of out time. (Alas methinks it's the almost whole bunch of late hominins, not just Americans, who try hard to except themselves from nature.)


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