American Influences in Other Cultures

How the United States has shaped nations.

Frederik Verhagen
8 min readSep 30, 2022
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The United States drastically impacted other countries’ cultures and societies. These countries witness how U.S. propaganda and flashy advertisement can lead to better views and sales, and, well, that’s it — they adapt their greed. Let’s see how far this greed overtook other countries.

Television Influence

Television in the United States of America affected television in other countries a lot. Well-informed reports and informal presentations made way for quick, ignorant news and flashy, over-the-top presentations.

The Netherlands started with one commercial channel in 1989 and kept a humble image for many years. Four years later, they added another channel with a similar vision, though meant for a different target audience. National television remained unaffected.

Halfway through the 90s, a new commercial channel showed up and used excessive shows and presentations to grab attention in a U.S. fashion. Other channels were fine at first but soon began to mimic their ways. The news turned from simple reporting to fast reports, fancy presentations, and interviews with “experts,” for example, passionately explaining the workings of the Rock Paper Scissors Grand Finale (which is a thing, apparently)…



Frederik Verhagen

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