What is it that most distinguishes Britons from Americans?
It’s what one might call [A]merito-utopianism, the dysfunctional adherence of the mass of the American people to believe that material well-being — defined by the media as extravagant and lavishly photographic consumption of corporate-produced goods, ranging from telephoto shots of yachting celebrity down to the suburban tenth-grader’s Tweeted and YouTubed selfies.
Wealth, the media imply or declare overtly [Fox being merely the most blatant], results from talent or some other form of merit, a legacy in part of Calvinism, thought vastly reinforced by corporate media shaped by the sales needs of other corporations who often spend more on producing a thirty-second commercial than entertainment companies spend producing sixty-minute programs.
And then there’s that American that we’re really a classless society, a view unsustainable in a history-burdened Britain, as John Oliver explains in this segment from his HBO series.
What makes his debunking delightful is the final section, an upending of tropes so vividly illustrated.
Enjoy. . .
From Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap (HBO)
John Oliver discusses America’s growing wealth gap and why it may be a problem in the future.
And yes, it’s froim last month, but we only chanced upon it only yesterday.