Americanising the reluctant and proud french. Should The French concede to the hegemononic Americanisation of their culture?
American Fast food comes to France.
France has for a long time been determined to resist US cultural hegemony or imperialism. Yet the export of US ideals as well as the US lifestyle such as fast food continues apace. French culture meanwhile is in decline despite (or possibly because of) large state subsidies. Should France embrace American culture rather than continuing to fight it?
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The French should concede since this move makes their monuments more internationally accessible
since this move makes their monuments more internationally accessible to the majority of the traveling world , which has to face a very sad debilitating language barrier in France , where the use of English and/or American is sneered upon and French pronunciation is painstakingly difficult to mutter forget master.
Now a frustrated tourist in lieu of saying 'louvre, lover, loove' over and over, might say 'Mac Donalds'/ 'Big mac' or burger and so on. and find the Louvre.
Also since most of world eats Mac Donald's' , tourists would not have to munch on expensive French food or suffer the usual stomach upsets resulting from eating exotic expensive food.
Chirac along with most of Europe has made a multi-billion dollar bid to stop Google from bringing the contents of the plethora of books in French and other European libraries to the ever-accessible internet.[[http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-03/21/content_426856.htm]]
People cannot enjoy the history of France, its tourist destinations or its many intellectual offerings without going there, the problem is French food doesn't suit everyone and children, for whom this would be a purely educational experience are extra-finicky about what they eat.
Mac Donald's' may not offer the healthiest food but certain people(most people the world over) are used to it and it is kind to their stomachs.
The French should not concede, it is almost an act of self-determination to preserve what is theirs, France has no want or intention to be another American colony.They have a rich flamboyant, artistic and amazing culture that they have every right and reason to preserve.
If one does not take in the aromas, look and tastes of the French there is no point in coming to France. Just Take an internet tour of the Louvre, never leaving the comforts of your home.
The point of going to France is to gain the french experience not to kill it.
If books from famous antiquated libraries in France and the rest of Europe were available on the internet, no one would make a decent effort to preserve them in their tangible form and as less people would visit , less money would come in for the purpose of preservation. This move does not inhibit people from taking virtual tours of great tourist destinations or looking at pictures.
The U.S are the greatest foriegn promoters of French Tourism
Paris: the land of romance, the city of lovers touted boisterously and ubiquitously in Hollywood movies/films. The Americans tell the world that France has the most beautiful women, the most wonderful sites, the most fashionable residents, and more culture, romance and beauty than anywhere-else in the world.
Sporting a french accent automatically makes you fashion savvy (or gay). No other non-French Country/media/people will tell you the the word 'taste' is synonymous with 'France/French'.This can be attributed to American History where the richest first settlers in America were mainly French and Italian, later the Serbs and other members of the former U.S.S.R came in and were ridiculed for not being cultured or educated (read up on railways and mining under Teddy Roosevelt or watch 'A streetcar named desire")
Since the U.S is providing so much free positive publicity for the French and thus allowing them to rake in a lot of cash for their tourism industry it is only fair that Mac Donalds: a very American Fast food chain gets a nice chunky slice/piece of the pie. After all France had grand tardy long wars with England not America.
Rebuttal to no-point: the sites remain in tact, the language remains in tact, there's no subtraction of France only the addition of America, which happens with international tourism anyway. The reason you won't see sharply dressed French people everywhere is because of tourists that bring in cash and attention to France.
The Louvre is a museum 'ruins' belong there.
Desecrating the very culture that they promote:
If France is American-ised how French will France be? Is the idea to promote a culture, destroy/invade it and then invite people to enjoy the ruins?
The entire point of coming to France is to take in the culture.
If there's no culture left, where's the point in coming to France?
What do you think?