- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 18, 2004


“Down in the mall, between the fast-food joint and the bagel shop, a group of young people huddles in a flurry of baggy combat pants, skateboards and slang. They size up a woman teetering past wearing DKNY, carrying Time magazine in one hand and a latte in the other. …

“It’s a standard American scene — only this isn’t America, it’s Britain. U.S. culture is so pervasive, the scene could be played out in any one of dozens of cities. Budapest or Berlin, if not Bogota or Bordeaux. Even Manila or Moscow.

“As the unrivaled global superpower, America exports its culture on an unprecedented scale. … If it took two millenniums for Plato’s ‘Republic’ to reach North America, the latest hit from Justin Timberlake can be found in Greek (and Japanese) stores within days. …

“[W]hat some call ‘McDomination’ has created a backlash in certain cultures. And it’s not clear whether fast food, Disney, or rock ‘n’ roll will change the world the way Homer or Shakespeare has.”

Mark Rice-Oxley, writing on “In 2,000 years, will the world remember Disney or Plato?” Thursday in the Christian Science Monitor

Gaz guzzlers

“Red Alert to Sierra Clubbers, bearded Birkenstockers and other greenies: Under no circumstances be duped into attending the … Greater North American International Automobile Show [in Detroit]. …

“Utopians might expect that the automakers will offer countless octane-stingy hybrids and zero-emission fuel-cell vehicles to a public seeking to wean itself from all addiction to the cursed internal combustion engine. Sadly, this is not the case. Tree-huggers and Friends of the Earth would be better advised to picnic on the banks of the Love Canal than to set foot in the vast precincts of Detroit’s Cobo Hall — where … the auto show kicked off with the world’s largest charity ball. …

“The moguls … were hardly in attendance to celebrate new breakthroughs in high-mileage technology. They instead perused a pack of super cars producing enough horsepower to move Mount Rushmore.

“On the pole position, as it were, was the rakish Chrysler ME412 … that, thanks to four turbochargers pumping high-test into its gasping 12 cylinders, produces 850 horsepower. DaimlerChrysler engineers who developed the monster claim it will generate top speeds approaching 250 miles an hour.”

Brock Yates, writing on “Somewhere, Steve McQueen Is Smiling,” Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal

Skewed version

“In this MTV age of sexual ‘freedom,’ many schools, the entertainment world and the Internet frequently inculcate our young people with shocking sexual images and themes. In fact … the latest trend among teenage girls is known as ‘bisexual chic,’ wherein young girls experiment with lesbianism because they have become convinced that it is socially fashionable. …

“These girls are victims of a society that encourages these types of actions. Kids watching MTV’s ‘The Real World,’ the E! Network’s ‘Howard Stern’ or any number of syndicated dating shows witness a disturbing assortment of sexual exploits. … Sadly, I imagine many kids become convinced this is simply how life is in terms of relating to the opposite sex and to members of their own gender.

“It’s a completely skewed version of sexuality.”

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, writing on “Teens commit to chastity until marriage,” Saturday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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