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Assignment 3 – Essay ‘COVERSHEET’ Australian culture is becoming more and more like American culture. Is this true?

Is this a good thing?

SUBMISSION DATE: 26th October 2010
STUDENT NAME: JAMES WHEELER
STUDENT NUMBER: s957707
COURSE: TERTIARY ENABLING PROGRAM
LECTURER: ANDREW STENCHMANN
SUBJECT: 026 “HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES”
ASSIGNMENT: ASSIGNMENT THREE – ESSAY (Due 24th October 2010) TITLE: ‘SIMILARLY DIFFERENT’

TEP026 Historical and Contemporary IssuesDue:24th October 2010 Assignment 3 – Essay

‘SIMILARLY DIFFERENT’
In considering the increasing cultural similarities between Australian and American cultures, it is noteworthy that for the sake of brevity, a position has been taken to answer the question generally in terms of everyday culture – which is to say mainstream society in the metropolitan cities, and then to consider only the more readily accessible data of the most recent years; though the propositions for explanations and comparisons of such cultural mirroring may have roots dating back much farther. It must be acknowledged that both societies have indigenous cultures, with attendant issues, which are only fleetingly and broadly considered herein, noting that there too we are mirroring certain elements of the American experience. Generally it can be shown that such a statement is true in several different ways though they all share a common root , and that is the widespread media saturation of all things American.; such as, a) in eating habits especially fast food such as McDonalds (Maccas) and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)), and b) socially - with sports - for example Basketball, Baseball, Horseracing, and televised sports coverage; also c) recreationally: with similar holiday habits: movie/television watching, music listening/watching (‘MTV’); camping, fishing, visiting relatives; and celebrations, such as Christmas and Easter(as well as the ever...
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