What is America’s brand?
Over drinks with my European publishers, I would ask what their countrymen thought of the US. Invariably, they liked Americans more than they liked the United States as a country. And they weren’t fans of our president.
Pew Global has numbers to back this up.
Global sentiment on Americans: link
Global sentiment on the US as a country: link
Global sentiment on our president: link
I find it useful to look at the drop-off. If you’re Trump, the Philippines are looking like one of your only friendly hangouts.
United Kingdom (74/50/22)
Notably, Americans like Americans just one point more than they like the country as a whole (86/85/46). That’s surprisingly logical for us.
Here are some other things I found interesting this week:
Das ist gut. Arlo Finch has been short-listed for a lovely German lit prize, which is pretty cool for a book in translation. If you or your family read the German version, consider giving Arlo your vote.
Move Closer to Your World. On a recent episode of Reply All, PJ Vogt brought up Al Ham’s remarkable action news theme song.
Wait until the world is ready for you. Ann Dowd wrote a great piece on finding success in her fifties.
Have it your way. I love how this teacher greets her class each morning. Do you want a hug? A high-five? A funny dance? You choose!
Is this racist or rational? Watching Bodyguard, I googled the IC Code System characters kept referring to when describing suspects.
Originalism is dumb, part 453. Madiba Dennie looks at birthright citizenship.