I think the real question is, Why do most European know quite a bit about the US of A; while the average American doesn't know that much about the US of A?
Americans are not well traveled, and the majority who have go to places that are isolated from the local society (as in resorts - just think, one can go to the Yucatan yet only see the locals as only maids and waiters - damned sad.)
Anyway, it seems from the "America is No. 1 crowd" that they don't want to travel because they are content with a low wage service economy with far less vacation than other developed nations. Hell, in my state last week the people voted to prevent themselves from bargaining with their employers. What a sick and dysfunctional people. I am sad for my delusional countrymen and women.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world"
It is sad the mistakes Americans make but there is hope.
My state legislature(bicameral R)switched both sides to D this week by large margins.Things are looking up :)
America is quite xenophobic and insular. The education system is very America centric and so is the media. The average American doesn't know much about any other country let alone Europe. American's don't need to as of course they think they live in greatest country on earth! LOL
We in the rest of the world just hope they continue to think that way. We don't want them coming to live in our countries!
I dont know but I find the USA fascinating ! I`m from England by the way lol
I love European history. It is much more interesting than American and North American history. About the only thing you can learn about American history is colonization, The American Revolution , the Civil War, expansion West and everything else is modern history.
But European history has so many twists and angles and it is much older. We learn as much about European history as we do about American history but there is so much more to learn......ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the British monarchy, the Hapsburg empire. Frederick the Great, Napoleon, the Catholic church, the Plague, European art, literature and philosophy............there is much more to learn.
It is much richer. You can spend your entire life learning European history and not learn it all.
This is true, but I don't know much about it. It is not much older than America. But European history is exciting. Castles, knights, kings and queens, Hannibal crossing the Alps, Vikings, princesses, literature and languages .......good stuff I imagine Asian history is just as interesting, but I have never studied it. I studied Latin for 6 years and I love learning about Greek and Roman culture.
Because Americans aren't thinking individuals anymore: They're "consumers" and parts of "market segments" and members of "demographic groupsl". They are politically correct and are being taught that investigating any one group too much might be an invasion of privacy and worse that that: "Racial Profiling!".
To sum up the thoughts of that great philosopher / scholar, George Carlin: "Things really suck".
Because they are very stupid people.
I think it's in part to the fact that our greedy employers here are the $$$$ stingiest with vacation time in the civilized world, we are lucky if we get maybe one or at the most 2 weeks a year for vacation...so we have less time to travel abroad and learn more about the world then the euro's who I hear get 4-6 weeks a year of vacation time.
Well that's not telling me anything new, but yes...5 days vacation time a year is pretty normal here
Because we own the world, Duh! The US dollar is now the basis of virtually every economy in the world, our military is equal to the next six largest in the world combined, and we pay half the bills for NATO to defend Europe. Heck, we even routinely win half the Nobel Prizes and Olympic medals and we've got Hollywood that makes most of the movies in the world. Europe is just another boring province of the American Empire unless you're a history buff.
Last year for the first time video games made more money than all the Hollywood movies combined. There are already plans to produce at least two video games I know that use the exact same graphics as the movies so Bollywood is about to become the B movie capital of the world, while Hollywood moves on to bigger and better things. If the dollar collapses it will bring down the entire world economy including that of the Chinese which is already slowing dramatically. Conservative estimates are the wealthy will loose half the value of their assets, but in this game it's who dies with the most toys that counts and not some abstract number in a bank account.
Probably because more Europeans would be interested in living in the US than Americans would be interested in living in Europe. You see a lot of people from all over the world trying to immigrate to America, but only a small number of Americans trying to immigrate to other countries. If this is the place where so many people want to immigrate to, people in other countries would naturally be interested in this country to understand the appeal.
Exactly - wannashareit. After working in Europe, and Eastern Europe I keep on wondering why intelligent, educated Americans would not want to emigrate there.
I am lucky to have done well in my nation, and I love her geography, but I am fed up with the ignorant and religious troglodytes that wish to pull us back into another dark age. The world would do well to divorce itself from the militarized banana republic that America has become.
You make a lot of assumptions about what level of knowledge Americans have about other parts of the world. Whereas I admire what Holland has done regarding "gedoogbeleid" to address drug usage, Holland's problems with population density per land area and the constant need for more dikes to counteract rising sea levels are counterproductive to my preferences in a place to live. No matter where you live in this world, there will be pros and cons. Discontentment is the catalyst hat provokes a desire to change where one lives. I'm relatively content with where I am, so why would I wish to relocate?
If you will recall from world history, after World War 1, America became an isolationist country. We tried to remain isolationist during World War 2, and despite our declaring a neutral stance, we were attacked without provocation and dragged into the global conflict. I think that we would be very stupid "troglodytes" to ever let our guard down again. More and more Americans are calling for us to return to isolationism, but in a more militarily-readied form than we foolishly allowed ourselves to be prior to World War 2. That way, if some warmongering idiot decides to "wake the sleeping giant" again like happened when Pearl Harbor was attacked, we won't have to play catch up on being militarized like we had to do when dragged into World War 2. We tried neutrality and trusting once. Never again. If American isolationism and neutrality happens again, it will be without one ounce of trust involved. Due to America's involvement in the world stage as a military presence, we've not had a World War for 67 years. If and when we withdraw from the world stage as a military presence again, I give it less than a decade before one of you 'more civilized' countries starts another World War.
I suppose for the same reason back in the day all the world knew about Rome;
but maybe its late in the day and our grandchildren will know all about China.
I think, maybe because of the old English empire, we look upon other countries, and America, as lil parts of us. Think, perhaps, the rest of Europe thinks the same - many people have left to find a new life in America.
We're all worldly wise......unfortunately, America is self interested....
Plus, our media seems to be more transparent.....and interested in world events....
The average American doesn't know or care much about anything outside their personal bubble. Besides the reason citizens of other countries know so much about us is because we are so kick-***(sarcasm).
History has been taken over by the conservatives and rednecks.Civics classes,debates,etc. are nonexistent.We need to make knowledge cool again.I'm ashamed by conservatives representing America.We're smarter and better than that.
America is 1 country Europe is about 50 countries. I doubt many Europeans know much beyond the country they were born in and probably not even that much
The European educational system is 10x better than the one in Australia (here) and the one in America. I came from Greece, to Australia when I was 13. I was in year 8 and they were introducing us algebra. The teacher said I was good enough to be in year 10. Over there, it is way better than over here.
Are you trying to tell me every country in Europe has the same standard of education?
I respectfully disagree. America is also like 50 countries in one...Maybe we the Europeans are less self-centered and more curious to go beyond our comfort zone? Im not either saying that all of us know everything about all the European states, but thanks to exchange programs like Erasmus, we know quite a few things :)
where you talking to me?
Because Americans biologically tend to care about America. It's something I picked up on. Dating, Friends and Travel.
"biologically" ?? ... I think it's more about each individual and how they were raised or their own personal outlook.
yeah, I wanted to fit that in. Most of the Americans I associate with though don't have much interest in foreign affairs, unless it involves them.