Wednesday, June 08, 2005

CBC and Literary Theory

It looks like academics and the media have come together once again:
The CBC's television news coverage of the United States is consistently marked by emotional criticism, rather than a rational consideration of US policy based on Canadian national interests, according to The Canadian "Garrison Mentality" and Anti-Americanism at the CBC, released today by The Fraser Institute.

This anti-American bias at the CBC is the consequence of a "garrison mentality" that has systematically informed the broadcaster's coverage of the US. Garrison mentality was a term coined by Canadian literary critic, Northrop Frye. He used it to describe a uniquely Canadian tendency reflected in our early literature, a tendency, as he put it, to "huddle together, stiffening our meager cultural defenses and projecting all our hostilities outward."

"The anti-Americanism of the CBC, we argue, is a faithful reflection of the garrison mentality evoked by Frye," said Professor Barry Cooper, co-author of the paper and managing director of the Institute's Alberta Policy Research Centre. "This mythical and symbolic anti-Americanism typifies a broad view of the world disproportionately maintained and believed in by Canadians living in the Loyalist heartland of southern Ontario."


mwj said...

Anti-americanism is killing us, in the guise of what the federal government calls a health system that "is considered to be one of Canada's finest achievements and a powerful symbol of national identity.

Check out this article in the Post about "A Montreal doctor and a patient, who waited almost a year for a hip replacement, argued that waiting lists in the publicly funded system have become so long, they violate the Charter of Rights' guarantee to life, liberty and security of the person."

Tommy Steele said...

This is not really that potent of a study.