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Old 7th August 2003, 11:41 PM   #1
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Thumbs down ... otherwise it would be dead quiet

In Sweden, and I guess in other European countries,
we have a massive amount of american "sit-coms" series
running day out and day in from morning to night.

It almost seems like it is some stuffing
between the "real programs", to fill in the spaces.

I couldn't help laughing, when I came across this post
by a fellow european. He seems to have had a similar experience
by watching dutch television.
Those planted faked laughs are very annoying.
You wouldn't have to put in artificial laughs
in a Charlie Chaplin or Oliver & Hardy movie, would you.

This statement by jean-paul surely
has its given place in this thread.
Because the technique used is to try to convince
the tv-program consumer, that something is very funny,
when it not necessarely is funny at all.

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Originally posted by jean-paul
Location: The Netherlands

"Level of humor of most american comedy series that are shown here
is only enough to make some Dutch cows frown.
Good thing is that the background laughing comes from a tape
otherwise it would be quiet.

The price must be the reason that they're bought otherwise I don't see any reason
for poisoning our youth with these dumb programs."
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Old 8th August 2003, 01:59 AM   #2
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I will say this. While there are plenty of non-Americans claiming that they find American culture second-rate or worse, I cannot help but notice that foreign theaters keep showing our movies, overseas record buyers keep buying our music, (rock, jazz, blues, country), and foreign TV stations keep buying our TV shows.

Yet so many Europeans maintain that they dislike American culture.

Kelticwizard is beginning to suspect that the European way is to tell one's neighbors that you watched the symphony while in fact you gorged yourself on the Steven Seagal Movie Marathon.
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Old 8th August 2003, 03:45 AM   #3
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I wouldn't like most of such sit-coms, with artificial laughs
if it was from Soviet, China or from my own country.
There are swedish sit-coms, replicas of the concept,
but not so many.

Of course any critic of anything from the states
arises "the nationalistic feelings" in every true yankee.

One thought I have had:
During the Soviet era, surely the kids were indoctrinated
in school and media controlled by governement
that anything from west, especially from USA was bad.
This happend in East-germany and Russia .....

This so no more in those countries. They want to belong to EU.

But I still think indoctrination goes on in some parts
of the world, where we do not regard it as indoctrination.
Of my contacts with americans on the web
and by follwing the political propaganda from governement in charge
I have gotten the impression, that it is a true american's
duty to be patriotic and think that his country is the best
of all places on earth.
We all know that this isn't true.

Too much nationalism isn't good. You got to like your country
but there are others who are glad they were born
in other countries too.
I don't know exatly how young people are tought
by parents and school.
Can they get a coloured picture of the world today?

"What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?"
(I associate this line to Bob Dylan, might be wrong)


Hitler was one example, where nationalistic propaganda/indoctrination
caused a hell for many people for decades.

I am glad I am swedish. I wouldn't like to live anywhere else.
But we swedish have a very selfcritical attitude towards
ourselves and our swedish way.
We can say in an ironic way:
"typiskt svenskt!"
"typical swedish!"
and that expression is NOT used in positive ...

Of corse there are american TV-shows I like,
Seinfeld is such a program.
But that is not the issue here. Here we have a look
at crooked things producers do to make us buy/consume
their products, whether we need them or not.
And try to convince us that those things we buy
have some special quality, said in twisted formulations.

that is the subject of this thread, kelticwizard

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Old 8th August 2003, 03:59 AM   #4
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Old 8th August 2003, 05:20 AM   #5
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Originally posted by halojoy
Here we have a look
at crooked things producers do to make us buy/consume
their products, whether we need them or not.
And try to convince us that those things we buy
have some special quality, said in twisted formulations.

that is the subject of this thread, kelticwizard
I don't think the Laugh Track is necessarily false advertising or deceptive. I think it is there to create some the sense of a live audience and a piece of shared experience. Even the audience knows the show was not filmed in front of a live audience.

Seinfeld is funny with or without the Laugh Track. If the Europeans don't like the Laugh Track, that is certainly their prerogative. But I don't think if falls under the umbrella of deceptive.
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Old 8th August 2003, 05:39 AM   #6
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Of course any critic of anything from the states
arises "the nationalistic feelings" in every true yankee....
No, it is just that I have read from quite a few posters from outside the US that they think little of American popular culture. Yet the overseas sales figures show that outside the US American popular culture is in demand. I just think it is humorous that so many claim not to watch or listen to it, yet the sales figures belie these protests.


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Of my contacts with americans on the web
and by follwing the political propaganda from governement in charge
I have gotten the impression, that it is a true american's
duty to be patriotic and think that his country is the best
of all places on earth.
We all know that this isn't true.

Too much nationalism isn't good. You got to like your country
but there are others who are glad they were born
in other countries too.
It is a matter of opinion if one country is the best there is, and there is nothing wrong with feeling yours is the best, as long as you recognize others' right to feel the same. You might notice that it was I who started the thread congratulating Norway for being rated best country to live in by the UN. That does not mean that I necessarily think that Norway is a better country to live in than the US. I just thought that congratulations were in order for Norway to get the "prize", (LOL, I wonder if the UN gives a trophy for that?).

As for falling for political propaganda, you might note that in your own Support Peace thread I came out repeatedly against American involvement in Iraq.

What all this has to do with whether or not you like a Laugh Track on your TV shows, I couldn't say.
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Old 8th August 2003, 06:36 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by halojoy


But I still think indoctrination goes on in some parts
of the world, where we do not regard it as indoctrination.
Of course... half the comics in the USA are from Canada. ;)


Quote:
Originally posted by kelticwizard


I don't think the Laugh Track is necessarily false advertising or deceptive.
Comedy is always deceptively funny.

Case in point - "A good friend will help you move a body." Indeed!

:)ensen.
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Old 8th August 2003, 08:44 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by kelticwizard
I will say this. While there are plenty of non-Americans claiming that they find American culture second-rate or worse, I cannot help but notice that foreign theaters keep showing our movies, , overseas record buyers keep buying our music, (rock, jazz, blues, country), and foreign TV stations keep buying our TV shows.

Yet so many Europeans maintain that they dislike American culture.

Kelticwizard is beginning to suspect that the European way is to tell one's neighbors that you watched the symphony while in fact you gorged yourself on the Steven Seagal Movie Marathon.
(My italics...)
KW, You may be unaware that in the UK, all the "Movie Theatre" chains are now owned and controlled by US companies. It is almost impossible to get a UK made film screened unless it has specific US finance. This is not a "knock US" post. These companys moved in to fill a vacuum following a funding chrisis which lasted decades. From a cultural aspect, it's up to the UK government to legislate, but of course they won't. Instead, they supply culturally targeted funds through "The Film Council", but the films planned attract little commercial funding as their commercial life is already destined. This is a tragic situation, as there is talent in abundance and are some great ideas here.
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Old 8th August 2003, 02:04 PM   #9
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Originally posted by dhaen
(My italics...)
This is not a "knock US" post.
I have found that you really do not make anti-US posts. If you take a look at your posts over time, you see that you knock your own country at least as much as you knock the US or anyone else.
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Old 8th August 2003, 02:09 PM   #10
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Originally posted by dhaen
(My italics...)
This is a tragic situation, as there is talent in abundance and are some great ideas here.
Indeed there is. I always liked English movies, except for Ken Russell, who I found entirely undecipherable. But the comedies were frequently great-the old "Carry On...." series was a scream.

I would guess that part of the situation might be the shift in the desires of the movie going public. Years ago, movies-both American and foreign-were largely about plot, characters and dialog. You didn't need a gazillion dollars to make a movie. Somewhere along the line, the emphasis shifted to putting on huge visual displays with plot and character becoming de-emphasized. This led to much more money being required to make a movie if it is going to be promoted.
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