Quotes: Eagleland Osmosis


Hollywood infected your brain
You wanted kissing in the rain, oh, oh
Living in a movie scene
Puking American dreams, oh, oh
I'm obsessed with the mess that's America
Marina And The Diamonds, "Hollywood"

Can you believe it? Fifty miles from McDonald's. I didn't think there was anywhere in the world that was fifty miles from McDonald's.

Gwendolyn Post: The fact is, there is talk in the council that you have become a bit too... [inhales sharply] American.
Buffy: Him?
Giles: Me?

Prime Minister Harold Saxon: Anything I can do? I could make the tea - or isn't that American enough? I dunno, I could make grits. What are "grits", anyway?
President Winters: If you could just sit?
Saxon: (to his wife, rolling his eyes) Misery guts.
Doctor Who, "The Sound of Drums"

What does the rest of the world have to tell us about how to do things? Build more trains? Have people elect their leader rather than an elite electoral college? Ride a bike to work like a girl scout or a clown with dietary concerns? No thanks, Vladimir.

Capt. Borodin: I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck— maybe even a 'recreational vehicle.' And drive from state to state... In winter I will live in Arizona. (rethinks it) Actually, I think I will need two wives.
Captain Ramius: Oh, at least.

"When you're working, I make all of your decisions for you. Even when you go to the lavatory."
"That's discrimination..."
"We're not in the States," the boss said, his voice becoming dangerously polite.
Boris and Ignat, The Night Watch

I’m American too! Can’t I contribute to our global cultural hegemony with a nice frosty cola?

Hooligan: This is an illegal arrest! I wasn't read my rights!
Lieutenant Pöysti: They don't read you your rights in Finland, idiot!
Pasila, Finnish cop show

Graham: I plead the Fifth.
Kathleen: We're Canadian. We don't have amendments.
Checkpoint, Episode 52

Real Life

I dread the inevitable acceleration of American world domination which will be the result of it all...Europe will no longer be Europe.
Aldous Huxley on World War I (attributed by J.G. Ballard)

Europe doesn't fear our military or economic prowess, rather it is Henry Ford who gives them the shivers... By Americanization it means Fordization—and not only in industry but also in politics, art and even religion.

At that time, the Superman comics were widely-read, and there were American soldiers all over the place. As American accents only reached us through the films, it was like being a movie to meet them—or wear clothes that from their country. We adored everything about America. We just couldn't get enough of it, from gums, to caps, to shirts with funny figures printed on them. The only drawback was that to qualify for the goodies, your mam had to be in heaven. I prayed hard that a bomb would drop on mine as she trudged home from the Sefton Arms.
Tom Baker, Who On Earth is Tom Baker?

You know, in more than half a century of reading the mainstream American press, I have yet to a read a story that reported on any good news of any other society. If Swedish education and daycare centers are better than ours, it is because half the population must periodically commit suicide.

He really does kind of superimpose the way his system works onto the way he thinks our system works. He grossly exaggerates the role of the C.I.A. in the making of our foreign policy.
—Diplomat Michael McFaul on Vladimir Putin

It's amazing in Europe. Europe has been extraordinarily colonized by the United States, to an extent that is almost unbelievable—Europeans aren't aware of it apparently, but if you go there it's kind of like a pale United States at this point, yet they still have this great feeling of independence, so it's even more dramatic. I mean, Western European intellectuals like to think of themselves as very sophisticated and sort of laughing at these dumb Americans—but they are so brainwashed by the United States that it's a joke. Their perceptions of the world and their misunderstandings and so on are all filtered through American television and movies and newspapers, but somehow by this point they just don't recognize it.
Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power

Americans continue to rapidly homogenize ourselves into a neutered oblivion. For a country founded on the protection of the unique, we relish our sameness.
Lewis Black, Nothing's Sacred

[Francis] Fukuyama’s argument was that all government eventually pushes itself toward western liberal democracy, and that there’s no system that can resist the gravity of that form of capitalism forever. There is one absolutely final type of government, and the ending of the Cold War represented the victory of that model over the last of its potential challengers. This is a highly charged and political philosophy, but it’s obviously one which probes quite deeply into the American psyche.

If there’s one thing we have no shortage of in the world, it’s the perspective of the USA’s media and public. Rarely do we hear intellectuals from other nations; they’re not relevant to “Americans”, no matter how deeply we’ve impacted their culture and history.... a silly little PSP game like Peace Walker can open old wounds that most Americans know nothing about. The Latin folk hero of the 1950’s and 60’s may be “iconic” in North America, but in the most reductionist sense of the word, appearing on t-shirts and capitalist merchandise without a shred of irony.
Alexander Sylazhov, "Big Boss as Che Guevara"

The BBC have a hit in America, and as long as that remains the case they will continue to support the show. More than that though, ever since Moffat has become aware of it's popularity in the US, I think he has started to tailor the show to appeal across the pond; Doctor Who is being made in Britain for the American market and unsurprisingly they are lapping it up. We've visited America three times in the last two years and the very structure of Matt Smith's final season was to make mini Hollywood movies on a BBC budget, nuggets of cinema. The Day of the Doctor was the ultimate expression of cinematic Doctor Who with some astonishing action sequences and effects being plastered all over the local cinemas. Look at where the Matt Smith era began: all rural villages and quirky British tics. Look at where it ended: heroic speeches, a menagerie of monsters, style over substance and convoluted and unsatisfying resolution of arcs. The Americanisation of Doctor Who started with season six and it's Impossible Astronaut arc and it hasn't looked back. Capaldi was a chance to bring the show back to it's humble, idiosyncratic British roots. Instead we've had a Hollywood version of Victorian London (complete with a roaming dinosaur), a Hollywood version of a Dalek story (Honey I Shrunk the Regulars, Reservoir Daleks) and a Hollywood version of Robin Hood (replete with spaceships and robots).
Joe Ford on Doctor Who, "Robots of Sherwood"

Where once we were the dragons on the map schisming the known world, now we are the very mouth of the Ouroboros, clamped down tight upon ourselves. If we are a global superpower and exceptional, it is because we are a cipher, the still blank part of the map that connects one end to the other....When all roads lead somewhere, that place is no longer a place.

I've been saying for many years that we don't really have a two party system in this country, and certainly we don't really even have the appearance of one...Bill Clinton and his 'New Democrats' did away with all that by putting the last knife in the back of the working class, though in truth the process began when Nixon — so-called champion of the Silent Majority— went to China to open up its labor camps and sweatshops to American corporations.

Perhaps the most glaring meaning of the American Dream can be found in China, where the 'Chinese Dream' has been adopted by Xi Jinping as a government slogan. It essentially boils down to 'hey, here's some more money in your pockets so you can handwave the abuses of our dictatorship for a few more years.'

You may remember your liberal friends threatening to move to Canada after George W. Bush was re-elected. But something surprising has happened in the last few years: Conservatives have fallen in love with Canada. The conservative journalist John Fund wrote in National Review this month that Canada is becoming 'more American than America.' That’s the same John Fund who wrote a 1995 Wall Street Journal staff editorial calling Canada 'an honorary member of the third world.' A lot can change in two decades.
Josh Baro New York Times

By 1996, political ads looked a lot scarier—the ominous voice-overs, the allegations that political opponents are not just wrong but dangerous: They’re staples of a particular style of campaigning introduced to Israel by the American Arthur Finkelstein, the spin-master Netanyahu had hired...Finkelstein’s engagement was the first time an American consultant was so deeply involved in an Israeli campaign, but it wasn’t the last—nowadays, many Israeli politicians, left and right, hire Washington’s brightest minds to orchestrate their quests for power. In less than a decade, Israeli political culture, once staid in a C-SPAN sort of way, has become a horror film, with ads and jingles featuring fear, loathing, and blood.
Liel Leibovitz, "Left For Dead"

Thirty years ago, Margaret Thatcher turned Britain into the world’s leading centre of 'thinking the unthinkable'. Today that distinction has passed to Sweden. The streets of Stockholm are awash with the blood of sacred cows. The think-tanks are brimful of new ideas. The erstwhile champion of the 'third way' is now pursuing a far more interesting brand of politics....Brian Palmer, an American anthropologist who lives in Sweden, worries that it is turning into 'the United States of Swedeamerica'...The other Nordic countries have been moving in the same direction, if more slowly.
The Economist, "Northern Lights"

As Americans we can serve as warnings to other nations... We have something to offer the world as a generation; we must offer the real picture of America, a nation divided under class and race. Here in Germany the people joke that things have become more Americanized, i.e. a deteriorating situation for for the working and middle classes. The low-pay sector in Germany has grown since the Social Democratic Party enacted neoliberal reform under former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. As I like to say, 'Don’t do it like we do, please.'