British models also form the basis of Australia's legal and political systems, as well providing our national language. Britons also dominated the make-up of Australian society - most of Australia's citizens were either born in Britain, or had British descendants. In the years following the war, British subjects were encouraged to migrate to Australia under an 'assisted package' scheme, which helped with the cost of migrating to Australia and provided housing and employment options upon arrival.
It is a process whereby ordinary Australians are bombarded every day with images of American lifestyle, so much that it merges almost unnoticed into their own lifestyle. It is a process whereby our home-grown entertainment industry is overwhelmed by the enormous powerhouse of the American economy, with drastic effects upon the modern Australian nation.
As the USA has a population base of over million, along with a successful economy, it has meant that the American population has a large amount of money that is surplus to basic requirements, and that therefore may be devoted to the luxuries of leisure and entertainment, hence the development of such a huge entertainment industry.
Due to economies of scale, it is proportionately cheaper - and more profitable - for the American entertainment industry to produce movies, television shows, etc.
Once American entertainment businesses have made their money on a TV series, any sales of those productions to overseas markets such as Australia is pure profit. Therefore, American businesses can afford to sell TV shows to the Australian TV networks for below-cost prices a practice called Britain and american influence on australianeffectively undercutting the sale of local TV productions - hence, fewer local productions are made, and fewer Australian shows are seen on TV.
Facing the economic Goliath of the American entertainment industry, our local industry cannot compete. As is the case in much of the developed world, ordinary Australians spend many hours watching TV especially Australian youthwith the result that we are subtly influenced by its content - whether we want to be or not, whether we are aware of it or not.
Tearlach Hutcheson, an Australian living in the USA, said that All my life I have been raised predominantly on Hollywood cinema and Hollywood cinema has never taught me to be an Australian.
Instead it has taught me to be an American.
I do not believe that this is a result of living in the US for many years because these were feelings that I had before I came to the US. I believe that even in Australia my fellow Australians experience a fate very similar to mine. Since Hollywood cinema has dominated the world, and even earlier, it has dominated the Australian marketplace.
As a result of this hegemony, Australians, through cinematic exposure, have been raised with a U. However, with the reemergence of the Australian film industry in the seventies, and the use of cinema by the Whitlam government to rid Australia of US and British influences, I believe national identity has slowly begun to be re-established for Australians.
The American influence upon our society can easily be seen in our language, fashions, general knowledge, and cultural mind-set. Language American words or common general English words, now laden with an Americanised meaning or application and American phrases have buried themselves deep within the Australian language, often without our being aware of their origin.
With the youth in Western societies heavily reliant upon computers, such "hidden influences" can only add to the cumulative effect of Americanisation. The longer term effect is already evident in the considerable number of Americanisms, both popular and professional expressions from OK to paramedic which have been absorbed over the last six decades.
As Bruce Moore says, Contemporary teenspeak comes from the world of teenage popular culture, and this culture is largely American Listen to a teenager speak, and his or her language will be peppered with Americanisms.
Fashions Many people used to slavishly follow Paris fashions and some still dohowever that trend has become more diversified nowadays, and is generally limited to the upper end of the market. However, the American influence upon street-wear can often be seen; for instance, in the "hip hop" rapper-style fashions worn by many teenagers; along with a profusion of bandanas and baseball caps especially when worn back-to-front, in the American style.
General knowledge Through the saturation of our television networks with American movies, situation comedies, and assorted other TV shows, Australians often know more about the USA than they do about their own country.
A minor survey carried out by this author asked Australian-born subjects to list the states, native tribes, and national leaders of both Australia and the USA; sadly, most people could name more of those from America, rather than from Australia.
The results were an indication of the deep American influence upon our society. It would be interesting to see the same survey conducted by a major polling company, although similar results would be expected. Also, whether via print or via computers especially on the internetsorting out the American date system from the Australian date system can also bring its own problems - is 7.
Cultural mind-set Perhaps most unfortunate of all, many Australians have begun to adopt an American mind-set. This might not be so awful if it was that of small-town America, but instead it is the crass mind-set of the major cities where much of American television and movie entertainment is set and produced: For instance, it is only in recent years that we have seen the emergence in Australia of the concept of "loser"; in the past, someone who had fallen on hard times would be termed as a "battler", implicit in which is a struggle to rise up again; whereas it is quite common nowadays to hear such people referred to as "losers", a nasty and disdainful phrase, implicit in which is the idea that such a person is destined to always be at "the bottom of the pile" and to be somewhat beneath contempt.
The "reality shows" genre, originating in the USA, is another example of crass Americanisation that adversely affects our cultural mind-set.
All these shows have a common theme of making people look bad, and of individuals being encouraged to stab each other in the back to win. Certainly not a good one.
Is crass Americanisation going to bring about a Western culture that is steeped in selfishness, nastiness, and back-stabbing?
The influence of Americanisation upon our culture is clearly evident: Our children wear t-shirts and caps emblazoned with the numbers and names of American sporting heroes, many of their favourite stories and characters are American, and the bland fast foods they consume come from ubiquitous American franchises.
Chris Bigum Many people have come to feel that a more comprehensive process of Americanisation is breathing down their necks. With the rise of cable TV, Nike-style branding, the profusion of US ads often revoicedthe distinction between what is inside and outside Australian culture is slipping away.
When, a few years ago, US basketball star Michael Jordan was nominated as the favourite sports hero of Australian teenagers, people began to realise that a fundamental shift had occurred.
In fact it was no different to a similar transformation that had occurred in areas such as agriculture. Guy Rundle American output also dominates the local music charts.
Like many other countries, Australia is awash with music from the USA - which undermines local music output. As with the situation in television, it becomes cheaper to promote and sell American music rather than promote Australian music.Australian sport began to felt the American influence during the 70s by the way that sports were watched and broadcast.
Music The Australian music charts were continued to be dominated by American acts. Britain and American Influence on Australian Pop Culture in the s The Influence of American and British Popular Culture on Australia in the s In the s America and Britain influenced Australia’s popular culture in a number of ways.
American and British cultural influence, Social and cultural features of the s, Australia's social and cultural history in the post-war period, History, Year 9, NSW British influence on the Australian culture British settlers arrived in Australia in and the extent of the British influence is still evident today.
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During the post-war reconstruction period, the Americans quickly returned to the airwaves and began producing a myriad of television exports.
Australia was culturally influenced by Britain mainly before the second world war. Australia's flag, language, government were all influenced by Britain, and the influence is still noticeable today.