Which one of these is more common on TV screens?
— American superheroes saving the world almost every few months!
— American scientists saving the world almost every year!
— American elite, like the President of the United States of America, taking the charge of the operations, saving the mankind, with an increasingly direct intervention!
— American musclemen saving the world from alien invasions dangerous enough to wipe out the humanity at regular intervals!
— American commoners saving the mankind at regular intervals by emerging as larger than life heroes sacrificing their lives!
— American cops acting overtime overshooting their human capabilities, stretching their limits beyond the limit to save the mankind from an imminent threat of annihilation!
— The US Defence establishment leading the global forces, with the global partners mentioned just in passing references, to save the Earth from a devastating alien invasion!
— The US commoners, elite, superheroes, musclemen, even the henchmen, working together to save the Earth from some alien invasion or some apocalyptic threat from nature!
The United States of America being the ground zero of every such activity, an alien invasion, an apocalypse of nature’s fury, a global mayhem of a failed scientific experiment, or devastating nuclear weapons in rogue hands, thus being the savior of the world by containing the threat in the very beginning, with the minimum possible destruction!
An imager exported to the global community, at regular intervals!
Nothing wrong it that.
If films are primarily to entertain the majority of the audience, the flicks with the above mentioned themes with massive global outreach, do entertain their audience, spread across continents, including many of the die-hard America-bashers, satisfying the urge in them to find a role model to look up.
But, irrespective of the debates on US hegemony and domination, what we need to appreciate is the outreach of the ‘soft power’, not sponsored by the state (American), but created and cultivated by an independent industry (Hollywood), to spread the values of ‘Americanism’, again irrespective of the debates on its perceived and real-time effects.
The brilliance, here is about the imagery.
The world accepts the US is the only global superpower today, irrespective of the discourse on China story.
The larger-than-life hero movies from the Hollywood may or may not be intended to support this identity of the US but the roaring business of such movies in overseas territories only strengthen this notion.
Nothing wrong in that because they do so without imposing the imagery, an imagery that amply entertains the audience!
The United States of America is the only global superpower irrespective of the China story discourse – can we deny it?
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/