This morning, Caroline McGimsey ’17 delivered her DeHart presentation on the perception of America to foreigners as related by pop culture. She discussed how many of the films we produce, which may have nominal success here, are quite popular abroad and gross quite higher numbers than on American soil. With the predominance of the Internet and social media channels such as YouTube, the media readily available to foreign cultures paints quite a different picture of Americans than reality would portray. These characteristics such as frivolity, excessive partying, and material wealth promote an image of Americans which, in actuality, is applicable to only a small number of individuals, and even those are distorted through the filter of video editing or carefully chosen images and wording. The full audio of her presentation can be heard by visiting the Featured Content of onCampus.
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