Quotes / Eagleland Osmosis

Film — Live-action

Bond: We're both humble servants of the Crown.
Q: If the CIA made me an offer, I'd be off like a shot. Unlimited resources, air conditioning, 28 flavours of ice cream in the restaurant!

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.


Most countries are static, all they need to do is keep having babies. But America's like this big old clanking smoking machine that just lumbers across the landscape scooping up and eating everything in sight.
L. Bob Rife, Snow Crash

"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

Live-action TV

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?

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


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
—"Hollywood", Marina & the Diamonds

Stand-up Comedy

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

Video Games

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.

Web original

Bond has a long history of working with the Americans, but mostly in a supporting capacity. Here, they are pushed up in front as if they are equals. Not only do we get a leading American secret agent in the form of Jinx, but we also get Michael Madsen playing an American counterpart to M. The clear (if unspoken) implication is that the Americans somehow grant Bond legitimacy, rather than sapping it from him. Putting James Bond constantly in frame with the Americans simply draws the audience’s attention to the fact that — even though his name is on the film — he should, by all logical accounts, be playing second fiddle.

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.
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.

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.'

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"

Web Video

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

Real life

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.

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

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.
Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power

When Friedman writes, "Bear with me," it's serious. This is a man who thinks nothing of plunging readers into an essay comparing occupied Iraq to a rental car (without a steering wheel) or the Ukraine crisis to a hockey game (without a referee)...For two decades, whenever anyone has waged war or committed acts of mass murder anywhere on earth, Friedman appeared in the Times within a few weeks offering to cure the problem with modems and cheeseburgers.
Matt Taibbi on Thomas Friedman