More student exchanges have to be a good idea. And a Tunisian high school student might leave with a better understanding than ABC’s. One student reports: “Before, I thought the Americans were like the Europeans – no religion, no moral values, taking drugs, having sex, drinking all the time.”
“Drinking all the time” might describe country videos and none (or very few) would have the anti-war stance the host family seemed to take. But despite their passionate patriotism, surely they are not only more realistic but more appealing representations of American life than Britney Spears. (Though I’m sure Lex would prefer that other host families followed the lead of the one that banned television viewing.) Maybe Hammerstein is schmalzy, but modern pop is cynical with adolescent angst.
And perhaps to these North Africans, a man would attract in a way that a boy does not. Spiked emphasizes: “Even as a young man, that’s what Presley sounded like – a man” rings true. I wasn’t of a culture nor a region that found Presley appealing. I’ve never seen a Presley movie through. But a few years ago when, in a tribute to him, various modern singers covered some of his originals, followed or enclosed by his versions, I was struck by how much fuller, deeper, richer his were. Switching stations, I’d never intended to alight on that one, but called out to my family and we watched it for a while. His biography may not be that of a man, but his voice was. And whatever interest he had in pubescent girls, he sounded like he was interested in women.
Thanks to AL for both.