Did you ever think which country’s culture you’re most exposed to? Books? Films? TV series? Music?
If you’d have to name most popular writers, they’d be probably mostly from USA or UK.
USA and UK’s culture get the most exposure in the world. MTV thorough the world is mainly infested with USA/UK musicians/bands, those artists usually get labelled as princes/princesses/kings/queens/legends, etc. Lots of TV series shown worldwide are made in USA/UK. Did you ever think how much non-USA/UK films are distributed in cinemas in those countries? And how much films made in USA/UK are shown in your country’s cinemas? What about awards and “star” recognition?
Sometimes, much to my dismay, my own country’s (sic!) or other countries’ awards are referred as Oscar/Grammy/Emmy etc. alikes. It’s especially pitiful when Polish journalists writes to Polish audience about certain Polish awards as “Oscar-like award” etc. It’s called Eagles (Orły), btw.
I watch a lot of USA/UK TV series, films. I read a lot of USA and UK books and a lot of those writers get places in TOP 10 favourite books/writers.
I wanted to lessen the amount of USA and UK culture I’m exposed to on a daily basis. That’s why I decided to make in 2014 the following challenges: A to Z 2014 World Books Challenge and 2014 World Culture Challenge. If you want to join, feel free.
I’m not exactly successful in that goal. I still read and watch a lot of those countries’ products. My direct reason was the re-airing the old TV series that I watched during my school days. I realised that I stopped watching most of the non-USA/UK TV shows as they get little priority in TV. And that I follow (more or less) several USA/UK TV series. Just because the majority of TV series aired in TV are from those countries.
Kinda depressing, isn’t it?
Why I’m just making a selection of countries instead (which would probably be easier) just banning the originally-in-English works? Because I’d be distancing myself from things like “Things Fall Apart” by Nigerian author, who wrote it originally in English.
So to further limit my exposure to USA/UK culture, I proclaim May 2014 to be a month without USA and UK culture. No films, music, books, etc. I’ll notify you through May about my struggles. Will you join my action? Will you try to discover the richness of world’s culture?
Have a nice time! Enjoy the challenge!