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[written: 12-05-04]

Feature article on America’s impact on Australia’s way of life:
It is obviously that America has impact on Australia’s way of life and many other countries as well.
Nearly everything you see around Australia has something to do with America.
For example the amount of American restaurants opening such as KFC, Mc Donalds, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Hungry Jacks pretty much take over from any other restaurant in food courts or anywhere where there is fast food outlets.
Actually if you asked me to name one Australian restaurant, I probably couldn’t tell you one.
Even once Australian owned products have been bought by American owned companies, such as Vegemite and Arnotts which were symbols of Australia adds to the impact on Australia because it means we are giving in to the power of their large business industries, perhaps soon none of the food companies will be Australian, but American.

Also the music market is mainly American, the songs played on the radio are mostly American.
The impact America has had on the Australian music industry is massive; probably more than fifty-five percent of the albums and singles are from American singers.
Even talented singers like Amiel Daemion would never be well known to the American population because there isn’t that market for Australian singers, whereas for many countries, American singers are household names in an instant.
Not only this, but the television shows and websites from America have taken over.
The beauty industry has shown American models, which some Australians strive to be like. Girls grow up with Barbie dolls, thinking that this is the average teenager or woman.
Also political aspects have become more in line with the USA’s government often following the same course in international affairs as that of America.
Perhaps one of the only things Australia hasn’t copied America with is the spelling of some of our words, whereas Americans would drop letters out of such words as: colour, printing it as color, we have kept the u in there, though maybe one day Australia will also drop the u.
On websites the spelling is always as Americans would have it, if you spell anything differently then you don’t get the amount of results, and even if you did spell it as the Americans did, sometimes there would be no use for it seeming as we live in Australia and need Australian results.
I’m sure you’ll find also when searching on the internet for places to go in Australia, you will find that seventy percent of the time there will still be something about America in it, a result showing a restaurant or bar in America etc.
Though America has been inspirational for a lot of new ideas for the country, it would be still nice to have more things to do with Australia, a bit of Australian pride. Otherwise we may as well be called America as well. We’re an independent country and we shouldn’t have to rely on the ideas of another all the time just because their country is bigger and more well known than ours.

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by autumnmist

Go for it
I agree. No one should have to feel that their culture is being submerged by the largest empire in the world today.

( Posted by: bhagwandave [Member] On: March 9, 2005 )

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