posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 07:58 AM
Originally posted by SNAFU38
Originally posted by bluemirage5
reply to post by SNAFU38
The Australians never really bother about world events until it happens in their neck of the woods I'm afraid.
Where on earth did you hear that rubbish ? 50% of our news is international, 90% if you watch SBS news. Their motto is "News from home, if you live
in the World."
I think you will find that Australia, probably like most nations with small populations, have so little of interest happen locally (the floods being
an exception) that international news is needed to fill time. The opposite could be said about, eg, the USA. They have so much local news they dont
have time to fit all that in let alone news from everywhere else.
Australia is very well informed about whats happening around the world, unless you watch the tabloid news like 7, 9 & 10.
I have to agree with this.
Australians are renowned for being travelers. It seems to be a right of passage for Australians to travel in their youth and see as much of the world
as possible. I know several Australians (one of my closest friends emigrated with her Australian traveling boyfriend who she met on his second trip
around the world) and every one I have met knows more about the world than anyone.
Some stereotypes are true.
Americans generally know far less about what's beyond their borders than most others. Europeans are generally more passionate and politically engaged
than others. Brits like tea and crumpets and we have bad teeth and we can be xenophobic. Australians like to travel and are very outward looking,
they're more curious abut the world. Canadians are very homely and welcoming and are generally more relaxed about things...
However, none of that changes the hypocrisy of continuing to use resources, while complaining when the source of those resources is in your
Like I've said, I hate the entire corporate model. I despise corporations and think they shouldn't exist. But I don't let that hatred manipulate
the facts about a corporation. BP is not British. The American government allowed the spill to happen as much as the workers, companies and BP itself.
All corporations of that size operate in the same market and use the same dodgy tactics and cost limitations. What, you think BP is the only large Oil
company doing things badly? Of course not. Your American, Russian, African and European owned counterparts are doing exactly the same, you just don't
hear about it because they haven't messed up. Yet.
One thing that often angers me is that so many Americans are angry about the destruction caused in the Gulf. But where are those angry voices when it
comes to Coca Cola poisoning villages in India?
There are plenty of examples like that. But as long as Americans are not affected by it, it's fine for an American brand to act in that way.