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There are several ways throughwhich the American beauty ideal factors into the casting of theAmerican version of the ‘Office’ show. To begin with, manycharacters in the remake make frequent remarks that are broadlyevident in popular culture. For example, the fourth episodeincorporates an allusion to Survivor,which is well elaborated. The allusions contain terminology, like‘kicked off that is used to refer to the act of losing one jobthrough the process of downsizing (Grifin, 2008). Such a terminologyhas its origin in America soils and is widely used by most Americans.This, in turn, plays a key role in reinforcing American identity inthe show. The show is further grounded in U.S popular culture by anexercise conducted by Jim in which they take turns in naming variousfilms and books that they would carry along on their way to a desertisland. Verbal references to prominent U.S businesses also make theremake extends its roots into the American soil and beauty. Forinstance, in episode 4, the office holds a birthday party for acertain employee during which Michael insists that they purchase anice-cream from Baskin-Robbins. Additionally, some of the plotsundeniably reflect several issues that resound in most working placedin the U.S.
Griffin (2008) argues thatthe’NBC The Office’ been more successful than any remake of aBritish series since the 1970s. The success is highly attributed tothe directors’ thorough knowledge of the American stereotypes aswell as their ability to relate to American culture. Unlike othershows and episodes that were copies of the British version thatincorporated several Americanized jokes for the new audience, thisremake has hugely distanced itself from the original characterpatterning hence, becoming its own show. Additionally, writers ofthis remake did an excellent work they changed certain aspects ofthe original version so as to appeal to the American audiences. Forinstance, both the boss and the Office staff have been Americanizedto suit the U.S setting. These changes did not alter the essence ofhumour of the original version. Undeniably, the remake can fullystand on its own.Zombiearticle
According to Bishop several typesof events have historically triggered the popularity of zombiemovies. These events include World War II that heavily incorporatedthe use of atomic weapons, encroaching Communist threat, and theterrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 that paved way for parodies,sequels, and remakes (Bishop, 2006). These events have leftundesirable scenes of abandoned human corpses, deserted metropolitanstreets, and gangs of lawless vigilant all over. Most of theaftereffects of natural disasters, terrorism, and war resemble thescenarios depicted in zombie movie in a close manner. Kay (2008)argues that the September 11, 2001 contributed hugely to moreproduction of zombie movies. Most Americans live in fear of possibleterror attack they no longer feel as safe as secure as they feltbefore the attack. Undeniably, number of independent zombie moviesand studio has immensely increased in a steady manner.
The classic commercial videoshows how the 1950s-1980s America automobile culture influenced theculture of Americans. It reveals the continuing obsession of mostAmericans with automobiles. Changes various models of the Fordbetween 1950s and 1980s shown in the video may serve as a clearindication that Americans love changes (Muslim Production, n.d).
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Griffin, J. (2008).TheAmericanization of The Office.Journal of Popular Filmand Television, 1-11.
Kay,G. (2008). ZombieMovies. New York:Barons Press.
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