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“American way of life”

 

The American way of life is an expression that refers to the

"lifestyle" of people living in the United States. It is an example of a

behavioral modality, developed during the 20th century. It refers to an

nationalist ethos that purports to adhere to principles of "life,

liberty and the pursuit of happiness." It has some connection to the

concept of American exceptionalism.

 

The culture of the United States is a Western culture, and has been

developing since long before the United States became a country. Its

chief early influence was British culture, due to colonial ties with the

British that spread the English language, legal system and other

cultural inheritances. Other important influences came from other parts

of Europe, especially countries from which large numbers immigrated such

as Ireland, Germany, Poland, and Italy; the Native American peoples;

Africa, especially the western part, from which came the ancestors of

most African Americans; and young groups of immigrants. American culture

also has shared influence on the cultures of its neighbors in the New

World.

 

The United States has traditionally been known as a melting pot, but

recent academic opinion is tending towards cultural diversity, pluralism

and the image of a salad bowl rather than a melting pot.

 

Due to the extent of American culture there are many integrated but

unique subcultures within the United States. The culutral affliations an

individual in the United States may have commonly depend on social

class, political orientation and a multitude of demogrpahic

charateristics such as race, ethnicity, sex and sexual orientation. The

strongest influences on American culture came from northern European

cultures, most prominently from Germany, Ireland and England. [2] It is,

however, paramount to remember that there are great differences within

American culutre which should therefore under no circumstance be seen as

one large homogenous subject.

 

The American state of California (especially the Hollywood region) is

home to a thriving motion picture industry, with prominent film studios

such as Warner Brothers, Paramount, and MGM creating dozens of

multi-million dollar films every year that are enjoyed around the world.

American actors are often among the world's most popular and easily

identified celebrities. It's worth noting that Hollywood also tends to

attract many immigrant actors and directors from around the world, many

of whom, such as actor Russell Crowe or director Ang Lee become just as

famous and successful as American-born stars.

 

The United States was a leading pioneer of T.V. as an entertainment

medium, and the tradition remains strong to this day. Many American

television sitcoms dramas game shows and reality shows remain very

popular both in the US and abroad. Animation is a popular US

entertainment medium as well, both on the large and small screen. The

characters created by Walt Disney and Warner Brothers animation studios

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