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  •  I don't know whether it is a lack of interest (2+ / 0-)
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    undercovercalico, Eyesbright

    One of the things I noticed first in Canada is that 90% of the televisions channels that were watched were from the U.S. I don't think it's a lack of interest in producing their own shows. It's more just that the U.S. has a much larger population and as a result has a much larger audience base.

    Canadian channels also seem to get more British shows, which I imagine is a side effect of being part of the British Commonwealth so they also get exposed to more european culture and news.

    So I think that may have a lot more to do with why Canadians have so much more knowledge of Americans and the rest of the world than than Americans do.

    Unfortunately, when a Canadian show does make it in the U.S. it is usually something that creates strange stereotypes.

    My experience did not show Canadians saying "eh" and the only place I ever heard "aboot" was while I was in Newfoundland. I'm also pretty sure I've seen back bacon served in as many U.S. restaurants as I have in Canada.

    It's not that I don't agree that some of us in America may have less interest in international affairs. But I do think that by design our entertainment and media industries do insulate us quite a bit more.

    I do think the internet is helping the problem somewhat.

    •  No Canadians know more about (1+ / 0-)
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      Zack from the SFV

      Americans because of the huge culture influence, a large portion of the population in Canada lives within a few hours of the United States. The theme of over arching Americanization upon Canadian identity has been a pretty lengthy one at least in English speaking Canada. That is why there are such stringent Canadian content rules on radio and tv, it is the only way to combat homogenization and harmonization. I will say many Canadians think it is a dumb rule.

      In addition, Americans in general are not super well informed, they are pretty insular for a world power, they care about enemies not friends, and it has been that way for quite some time.

      On a regular news day, absent the Ford drama you won't find any American new outlets doing any stories about Canada because they don't care. Until this, I can never remember Canada being mentioned on the news here.

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