The Americanization of Popular Culture Should Terrify Us All

The verdict is in, and Hollywood has won the global culture wars, according Violaine Roussel, a French scholar and professor who has had unusual access to the California entertainment industry. In her view, American culture, packaged neatly in film and television for global consumption, has cast a shadow over cultural products in much of the world.

“The influence of Hollywood has definitely grown these past years, these past decades,” the University of Paris professor tells Truthdig...

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