Saturday, November 26, 2011

Time and Newsweek magazine covers, U.S. vs. rest of world

This recent comparison has been making the rounds:

As have a few other recent examples:

But this has gone on for many years.  A few others from a few years back:

I suspect the weekly news magazines are simply basing their cover decisions on what sells in the U.S.  Sad.


Michael C. Rush said...

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Eamon Knight said...

What, you mean: Americans are insular, and want their media to tell them about the rest of the world only insofar as it affects themselves?*

I could have told you that, simply based on frequent trips down there over the past 30 years, comparing what was on TV news to the typical content of the CBC.

* Present company excepted, of course.

jz said...

Just a minor quibble: Living here in Taiwan, I recognize most of the Asian edition Time magazine covers, but for some reason, for the October 3, 2011 issue, we got the US cover too. Maybe their local marketing is a bit more complex than just US vs. the world.

But your larger point still holds, of course. You can see this with CNN too - whenever CNN International shows a US-produced show, the drop in IQ and increase in dB are palpable.