Sunday, August 29, 2010
Australia Struggles With Identity
While reading the article, As Canadian As Possible by Aniko Bodroghkozy, I thought of other countries who struggle to maintain their own “identity” because of the influences of American culture. “Public broadcasting would also, crucially, serve as a weapon to keep seductive American mass culture on the other side of the border…Canadian-ness could never succeed if the nation’s inhabitants were perpetually being enticed to participate in the fictions that helped to solidify the imagined community to the south” (566). This is also true with the media and television shows in the country of Australia, many of the original shows produced in America have been appropriated to Australian versions. Such as America’s Next Top Model, now produced in Australia as Australia’s Next Top Model, ultimately spreading the influence of America’s pop culture and interests. It is difficult to maintain one’s own identity when the world can help but establishing America as having the biggest media industry.