i’m australian, and i’m really not up on the political issues relating to mcdonalds. which is odd, since i’m up on every other lefty cause out there.
i’ve never known a time where australia hasn’t had macca’s - our first one opened over ten years before i was born, so i really don’t see it as an american invasion of australia. my main complaint with macca’s is that the food is shithouse. i never eat there, which is actually useful, because it helps me seem concerned about all the issues that i know nothing about.
i find it too simplistic to paint ‘the americanisation of australian culture’ as a bad thing, and leave it at that. i prefer to think that an intelligent society will pick + choose the best bits from cultures it comes in to contact with, and that is happening to some extent in australia - while there is the ever prevalent impact of americana, i find some elements of the british culture remaining from our colonial days just as repulsive. on the other hand, other parts are delightful.
interestingly, a lot of the time when people refer to the ‘proper’ ‘australian’ way of doing things, as opposed to the ‘wrong’ ‘american’ way, they are actually referring to the british way. i see no reason why i should tie myself to england any more than i should to the u.s, so i make decisions for myself.
for instance, i much prefer the american word ‘fall’ over the generally used australian ‘autumn’. this does not mean that i consider american culture superior to that of australia. i just like the word ‘fall’ better. it’s wonderfully descriptive, and to me it evokes a decline from the peak of summer. but i still walk on the footpath, not the sidewalk, hate maths rather than math and live in nyoo-carstle, as opposed to noo-cassel.
i like australia, i do think it’s a wonderful country, but that doesn’t mean i’m going to ignore its obvious faults. i can’t stand many elements of australian culutre: the glorification of the outback, the drover and the digger; the ‘tall poppy’ syndrome, where anyone successful is frowned upon and ‘cut down’; the anti-intellectualism; the glorification of the ocker and the despicable racism of much of the population recently. i can’t pretend that australian culture is the best in the world, and because of this it may be seen that i don’t appreciate my country. but i really do love it, i’m just aware of its inadequacies, and i have to look elsewhere to compensate for them.