Tuesday, 26 October 2010

I have chosen to look at the website of the programme 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition' to represent the exceptional and typically American. It is a television series providing home renovations for less fortunate families, created by ABC. It has stormed onto UK television, providing us with ideals of American life. Going from having nothing to everything, it shows how families that have had heartache and a troubled life can be turned around and brought happiness.

I think this programme relates to De Crevecouer's idea of the new and exceptional as typically American. A quote from De Crevecouer's letters from and american farmer; "He is an American, who, leaving behind him all his antient prejudices and manners, recieves new ones from the mode of life he obeys, and the new rank he holds.". The programme relates to the quote because it represents the families leaving behind all their troubles and bad memorys to start a fresh. Being given that chance of a new life, different from any other you have had previously and unlike any other you are likely to get.

I think this programme carries on this vision of America as new and exceptional because each episode creates a new beginning. It shows the people of the World the idealised vision of America and it also proves that America today still consists of the same values of hard work and labour for reward as stated in De Crevecouer's letters from an American farmer.     

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