People in the US are generally naiive when it comes to international issues, and it's no real fault of their own. Generally, most of our news we see in the States concerns US politics, and US issues. We hear international news when it involves the US abroad, but other than that, we don't hear very much about what goes on in Cambodia, India, or Columbia. Those things don't really have an impact on the US population, therefore it doesn't make the news. It's really easy to accuse Americans of being ignorant, but in all reality, it isn't their fault, it's the media's.
However, I sometimes wonder when people say "People from my country are far more educated about the world than people in the US." I wonder if they are really more educated, or if they just know more about the US. Seems as though the US is ALWAYS in international news, so people from all over the world hear about the US everyday. So people feel they know more about the world because they know a lot about the US, but in reality, they don't know any more about the world than an American does. I guess what I'm trying to say is, people from outside the US know much about the US, but people from the US know little about the rest of the world. So it makes Americans look ignorant. I don't really know if this is the case, but I often wonder if those people who say they know much about the world, really know as much as they say they do.
I'm very lucky to have lived abroad, and been able to study International Relations and economy in school. I tend to feel I know quite a bit about international politics and economy.
[Edited 2003-10-11 01:03:45]
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