Thursday, May 03, 2012

"Land of Dreams" by Brand USA, wow, what country are they talking about?

Because it ain't the U.S.



This was sponsored by the U.S. government, through the U.S. Travel Promotion Act.

The funny thing is, I know almost all the places they feature, and they're the most un-U.S. places in the country. There's the Northwest, Northern California, Arizona and New Mexico, New Orleans and the Bayou county, New York City, Miami, and the part of western Montana by the Rocky Mountains.  Having all sorts of people of color playing traditional instruments next to a white person singing a vaguely country-ish song gives an impression of harmony in the U.S. that is not there.

I'd rather see something about Nebraska pig farmers who think that Italian folks are strange foreigners, to say nothing of actual ethnic and racial minorities.

Bottom line, if you're from outside the U.S. and you see this, please, please, for the love of god, don't take it as being representative of the experience you will have if you come here. 

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