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Simcountry is an Online Digital World where you are the President of a country.
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The Shiekh (Fearless Blue)

Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 04:03 am Click here to edit this post
Hymy: Humans are special, for only humans have God, and they can even overcome death. Armageddon is something to be looked forward to, lets screw the environment and bring it on! For those who don't get sarcasm, I'm an atheist.

John Gresham: Bollocks. Was the socialogist American perchance? Not everyone aspires to the same dreams as Americans. There are many aspects of American culture that have zero resonance here in Australia, or elsewhere for that matter. For many Australians there is a greater "cultural connect" between the British than with the Americans, we use the same spelling, drive on the same side of the road, play the same sports, have similar senses of humour etc. It is this cultural connect that allows our cultural exports to find a more receptive market in the UK than in the US, and the UK's cultural exports here. So why doesn't Australia buy all its cultural imports from the UK, its simple they don't produce enough of it, for the same reasons we don't produce enough here, cost. An hour of quality drama programming costs around 10 times the cost to make than it costs to buy from America, the locally produced program will (on average) rate higher than an American import, and the networks will earn more from advertising with the Australian programming. The TV networks make hard nose decisions that they will put up with lower ratings with American programming because it generates for them a better economic return (buying an existing program that has been tested in a foreign market is also lower risk). There are other techniques that studios use to boost foreign sales (like bundling) such as if you want the rights to Friends then you have to also buy these other programs too. Advertisers also exert influence over programming, you'll get corporations saying to the networks that they will spend more advertising with them if they show certain programs, McDonalds wants The Simpsons shown because they have a range of figurines to stick in happy meals (for example). The predominance of American culture overseas comes down to cost and the sheer volume of product. The market driven approach to programming neccessitates governments to set minimum quotas for local content to prevent local shows from dissapearing entirely.

With regard to films, it is not uncommon for American films to have more money spent on marketing them here than is the total budget for an Australian film.

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