Tuesday, October 25, 2005

"America: Lost in Translation"

Richard Pells offers valuable insight into how real American culture is "lost in translation" by the rest of the world. He also offers a solution.


Nathanael said...

Thanks for posting Pells' article. I read Not like us, which takes an in depth look at the results of academic exchange. If I remember correctly, he concluded that exchange programs were more successful at encouraging Americans to explore European Studies rather than vice-versa. While I like the idea of an aggressive cultural diplomacy (alongside other initiatives) I wish he had fleshed out how it would work better than the 'Fulbright/Marshall experiences'.

Marc said...

Yes, and, as they say, "the devil is in the details." But he's pointing in the right direction. This is one case where the "free market" may not be doing the U.S. justice.