A great high-brow activity is sighing over the alarming spread of American culture abroad’you know, our TV shows, our music, and McDonald’s.
Quoting from a lecture Reason magazine editor Charles Paul Freund recently delivered, Suzanne Fields opines that exporting our values and cultural artifacts is actually a good thing for the world:
‘Freund argues that even vulgar music videos can appeal to an independent spirit, loosening the moorings of dictatorial power and the sheep-like conformity of groupthink. This enrages some and pleases others, but a singer who wants to be a superstar won’t wear a bomb around his waist. American popular culture is the culture of life, vulgar as it can be, and not death. Original American creativity can inspire others to dream for something better in this world – even better than soap.’