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Old 01-24-2017, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Remaking TV drama and movies from other countries is a pretty common phenomenon globally. And the Brits do it too.

'The Bridge' is a Swedish-Danish crime show that used to be shown here on a free to air network. The Brits (in collaboration with the French) have produced a clone called 'The Tunnel'. If you're hoping find the Swedish show 'Wallander' on your program guide, you might instead find the British copy with the same name.
All true, but no one seems to do it quite as systematically as the Americans.
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Old 01-25-2017, 03:10 AM
 
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I don't think that's related to multiculturalism. It's more related to the fact that British culture has deep enough roots in Australia that it creates an "alternative pop culture mainstream" there. (Though I realize the British influence on Australia culture is fading.) Australians don't watch Brazilians telenovelas and French movies in significantly larger numbers than Americans do.
Do you think Americans would be okay with some of their taxes going towards a broadcaster with multicultural programming? Unlike Australians, I think they'd be very against it. They'd probably cry "socialist propaganda!" or "globalism!" instead.

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And regardless of political jargon (multicultural vs. melting pot), the U.S. is every bit as multicultural as Australia is, and the main reason there is little mainstream interest there in foreign TV and movies, and music in languages other than English, isn't related to the makeup of the population but rather that the Hollywood juggernaut makes it its business to squeeze everything else out. And only lets stuff in when it's had a hand in repackaging it for conditioned American tastes: City of Angels (Wings of Desire), the Millennium stuff from Sweden, Ugly Betty (Betty, la fea), It's Now or Never (O Sole Mio), My Way (Comme d'habitude), etc. I could go on and on.
America's multiculturalism exists within the framework of multiracialism. It's not the same as Australia, Canada or even Britain's multiculturalism.

European-descended Americans often refer to themselves as "White", while it's more common for European-descended Australias to identify by ethnicity.

I see what you're saying about Hollywood, but a truly multicultural society wouldn't have to have things so strongly adapted for a particular taste.

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Old 09-07-2020, 01:37 PM
 
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Do you think Americans would be okay with some of their taxes going towards a broadcaster with multicultural programming? Unlike Australians, I think they'd be very against it. They'd probably cry "socialist propaganda!" or "globalism!" instead.



America's multiculturalism exists within the framework of multiracialism. It's not the same as Australia, Canada or even Britain's multiculturalism.

European-descended Americans often refer to themselves as "White", while it's more common for European-descended Australias to identify by ethnicity.

I see what you're saying about Hollywood, but a truly multicultural society wouldn't have to have things so strongly adapted for a particular taste.
I'm sorry, this is ridiculous. The UK, Canada, and Australia simply aren't multicultural and relative to the US.

racial demographics fall hand in hand with ethnicity - both are considered in the US. Racial categorizations aren't as prominent in Canada, the UK, and NZ because they, by and large, aren't historically multiracial like the US is.

But what "particular taste" are you insisting Americans need entertainment adapted into? In the grand scheme of things, focusing on what television series are adapted for a much larger market, that produces and exports a lot more content than Britain does, is deliberately ignoring the larger American influence. British people liked to sell the idea of an "American version" because it presented them with a chance at "breaking America", and a chance at making a lot of money...that's literally it. It says nothing about multiculturalism. To claim Britain and Canada are more multicultural than America is simply fantastical
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