A lot of Americans are ignorant to things outside their borders because they don't affect them. With a country as large as the US, if you want hott sunshine you can go to Cali, if you want cold, skiing holidays you can go to the Rockies etc - sure, foreign culture can be nice, but if you want a cheaper holiday with people you can understand and laws you know, etc, why would you go abroad? This has the side affect of the most widly travelled americans being in the military, and a lot of those left at home have no idea what's going on outside their borders.
Of course, most British here only know so much about America because we're indoctrinated with their culture through TV.
I wonder if told the average Brit that I was from Brooklyn (which has a population of 2 million), how many would know where I'm from?
I think you'd find very few people who don't know that Brooklyn is in New York, i'm serious. And yes, i have been to America 3 times.
well, i only knew it was in ny from some book i read. (it also had a pedophile and typewriting in it. i learned quite a lot about typewriting).
Otherwise I would have no idea.
Why would people know that it was in ny? Very few non-americans would study american geog in any detail, so its unlikely they'd pick up facts like that any other way than osmosis. And unless they're incredibly interested in, eg, Seattle, this stuff is not going to sink in and remain in their memories.
certainly there are shows like law and order, but not every single person watches them.
i spent much of my life (a pretty dumb statement from someone my age, but still) with the notion that pearl harbour was on the mainland of the usa - why? well, no one ever talks about pearl harbour, hawaii, so why would i have assumed it was not on the mainland?