Myrtle Beach Loves Canada

Justin Morneau wins the American League MVP.
Article in the Star, by Perkins:
“Canada should be proud!” But the tone of it is that Morneau just validated our existence.
The one thing I can’t stand about this country is all of the back-patting.

Sure, we’re less important politically. That’s a fact. And the way things are now, we’re probably less important culturally too, as much as we’d like to believe otherwise. But should we really care about that? Is being number one that necessary to our well-being? I hope not. Because the reality is that we probably never will be. And it doesn’t matter. Until we figure this out, we’ll always have this empty hole to fill, a chip on our shoulder. There are bigger things in the world to be concerned about.

6 Comments

  1. I didn’t comment on this because I figured it would be a big discussion but I guess it wasn’t. The most unhealthy thing I see is the constant comparison made between our two countries. I don’t think very many other nations do that at all? Its not healthy to the national psyche.

    Anyway I think you dudes should just be. When you’re not focusing on your international reputation you’ve got a fairly inspiring history. I recently read about the Quebec thing in the 80’s and 90’s and it was a very interesting, and inspiring read. When Trudeau says “Just watch me” (paraphrasing) it’s like “holy shit, what balls.” I’m not saying he was right or wrong in his actions in the least, but it tells a story about a nation that’s 100 times more interesting than the “We’re internationally known for being nice guys” or whatever self defining nationalist slant is being bandied about. America is cynical and Europe is nihilist, it’s really hard to believe the happy go lucky stuff but to see real issues being dealt with in larger than life ways. THAT’S something for the history books.

    Since I’m tired and I’ve proven I’m SHIT at writing stuff in this state I’ll end here.

  2. No, you’re right exactly. We should just be more confident. We’ve got all this amazing history and culture but for some reason we always end up selling ourselves short.

    I think it’s mostly just because we ingest so much American media, which understandably doesn’t give two shits about us. I mean, we shouldn’t be proud of the fact a movie is shot in Toronto when its supposed to be New York, especially when movies based on books that ARE set in Toronto are changed to New York because we’re not the intended audiences.

    For some reason I think I might have already told you this, but when I was teaching art this summer I overheard one of the kids saying to the others “Why can’t Canadians be movie stars?”, and everyone else agreed.

    We’re a country of thirty million people, and if we weren’t constantly exposed to this sort of thing we’d probably be a lot more confident in this respect. I’m not sure how you fix that, though, without diminishing anyone’s civil liberties or etc.

    I’m not sure how much it matters anymore, though. Now that everything is running together, thanks to globalism and the internet. I really wonder how long it’ll be before borders, at least among affluent countries, start to blur even more.

    But if you are at all interested in Canadian history, you should read “Louis Riel” by Chester Brown. It’s intense as hell, though he takes some liberties with what actually happened. Probably the best graphic novel I’ve ever read.

  3. I see your point originally I was writing something about your broadcast laws, the ones that mandate a certain amount of Canadian content, and how I thought that was a good idea.

    For the movie thing, I don’t know if I necessarily agree with that. Hollywood is a foreign entity you can’t really rely on it. Is there a Canadian equivalent to Hollywood? Like Bollywood? As long as they’re popular in Canada they’re stars. ‘Breaking America’ is just a matter of money, we’re the third largest population with money to burn. It’s not like, say, Catherine Zeta-Jones is riding on a float in the Macy’s Day Parade with large Welsh flags overhead.

    Although this problem exists elsewhere, A Swedish dude told me theres a similar relationship between Sweden and Norway. Maybe it’s just something that will inevitably occur wherever two cultures that are very similar border each other.

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  4. haha Yeah, we just need an equivalent. The closest thing we have to that is the Quebec film industry, and that’s mostly because of the different language. Even our native films seem to be doing more successful critically.

    We have Canadian Content laws, but they’re not very strictly enforced. Which is what we might need, more enforcement. On the two most watched networks, 90% of the programming is American, and an even higher percentage is found in Prime Time. But it’s not like we don’t produce good programs… Da Vinci’s Inquest and Cold Case are good examples of shows that were kind of ignored over here just because they were Canadian, but are (apparently) pulling in really good numbers with CBS affiliates.

    The theory is that because so much of our media (magazines and television) is American dominated, those shows get a higher status because you hear about them more. But I don’t see how you can reduce this without necessarily limiting people’s choices and freedoms. It’s kind of tricky, and you have to end up asking yourself if promoting nationalism is even a worthy goal.

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