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In Your Face: How American Marketing Excess Fuels Anti-Americanism by Johny K. Johansson

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Chapter 9. Are Foreign Countries Any Better?

Where is the grass greener?

Are there preferable alternatives to the commercialized American society? It depends of course on what you want. But sometimes, the news makes you think. For example, the other day I read in the paper about an immigrant family from Ghana who sent two teenage daughters back to Ghana for high school. The idea was for the daughters to get back to their roots, and also to protect them from the lack of discipline and high levels of independence and materialism found in American high schools. Apparently, hanging out with friends had become more important than studying, and their classmates were “just focused on what party to go to.” In the Akosombo International School, a boarding ...

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