By Paul C, Dr Adams
The 2004 US election supplied the French media and its voters with a springboard for reconceiving 'self' and 'Other'. Given its renowned competition to contemporary US overseas coverage, resembling the invasion of Iraq; volley of insults and caustic feedback reverberated among France and the united states, with French observers linking the Bush administration's regulations to specific teams and areas in the US, to a democratic deficit, to a perceived possibility folks cave in and to the necessity for a more robust Europe. by means of reading how the French media - newspapers, tv, the web and scholarly study - represented the election from a severe geopolitical standpoint, this booklet presents the 1st significant in-depth research of perspectives of the U.S. in modern overseas media.
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Furthermore, a key trend-setting group in society – young male professionals – manifested the strongest anti-Bush opinion within French society. On the question “In your opinion, would George W. Bush or John Kerry be more capable of improving Franco-American relations” more than 7 times as many respondents picked John Kerry, and on a similar question related to US-Europe relations the ratio was equally high. The French also placed much greater faith in Kerry than in Bush to protect the environment, stabilize Iraq, and improve the American economy.
For some observers, America stands for a kind of utopia. The utopian vision diffuses globally as the collective dreams of American society – rendered on ﬁlm and video, in popular music and on the Internet – link certain iconic landscapes like the desert Southwest or New York skyline to myths of individualism, adventure, and the opportunity to succeed. For other observers, America rots from within, spreading contagion in the form of moral depravity, crime, violence, injustice, and secularism – visions based partly on different readings of the same American media products that generated the positive images mentioned above – giving signs of America’s imminent collapse if only it can be resisted strenuously and courageously.
Moving down the scale we encounter the local community – the town or neighborhood. Moving up the scale we encounter the regional society such as North America or Europe. Each scale is only as important as people make it out to be through discourses. A resident of Cherbourg, France, may identify primarily with her local region, Normandy, or with France as a whole, or with the international region of Europe. She may also identify with western (occidental) culture, or with the world as a whole. ” Each scale of identiﬁcation offers a person something different so, for example, a sense of historical roots and cultural belonging may come from the region while the state offers political power and a common market.
Atlantic Reverberations: French Representations of an American Presidential Election by Paul C, Dr Adams