American pop culture is so widespread that it would almost be impossible to find an inhabited patch of land not affected by it. Coming from movies, books, the internet, and other mediums, the idea of the “American Dream” is most likely familiar to lots of people around the world, affecting the way one sees Americans and their lifestyle.
How people from other countries actually view Americans is revealed by one group in Poland called 4th of July LARP (live-action role-playing). It is a slice-of-life project where people roleplay as contemporary Americans acting out various scenarios that they imagine happening in the United States during their Independence Day.
As the group describes on their Facebook page, the 4th of July LARP is a drama about squandering the American dream. “On July 4, 1776, the United States declared independence. The newcomers from the Old Continent wanted to create a new state in America, built on democracy, freedom and equality. More than two hundred years later, many Americans live under conditions different from what the nation’s founding fathers imagined. Barely making ends meet, striving to be family members and worthy Americans despite poverty and exclusion. Although they live on the fringes of society, their home – a small town lined with caravans and shaky houses – is for them the essence of the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave’. This is a story about them.”
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