Those stupid.. Europeans?

Here in Europe, we like to think of our American friends as dimwitted, gun-toting moralistic couch potatoes. Ask any American to point to, say, Belgium on the world map, and they'll be at a loss for words.
What a difference from us Europeans! If we were asked to point out the state of, say, Idaho (many times bigger than Belgium) on a US map, we of course would have no trouble at all. Just like pointing to, say, Moldova on our own map of Europe would be a breeze. Ha ha. Those stupid Americans.
And take MTV. This international music channel is often portrayed as a prominent brain cell killer designed to suck the lifeblood out of the pure, wholesome bodies of our European teenagers. These kids, who would otherwise be studying Schopenhauer and reading Victor Hugo, are now irresistibly drawn to the cathode ray tube, which turns their grey cells to mush.
But, strangely enough, if you go the American MTV Web site, you will find a section called MTV Books, which, yes, features obvious MTVehicles such as "Tupac: Resurrection", but also a Classics section with "The Catcher in the Rye", Brontë, Austen, Hemingway, and Nabokov.
In contrast, the English and Dutch MTV Web sites turn up empty when you search them for books. Could it be that American teenagers actually read more books than their European counterparts?

Posted by cronopio at 12:59 PM, July 04, 2005