Initiation into American Culture:
The Hollywood Smoke Screen
As a foreigner looking inward through a glass window, the foundation of the American culture appears to be based on the idealism of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Each year thousands migrate into the United States in search of freedom, democracy and the distinguished American Dream.
The perception of the American Dream is initiated by several secondary sources; one of significance being American films. The
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psychologically draining and intense process, complicated by tainted Hollywood illusions. Thus, it can be concluded that the American film industry does not portray a complete image of American culture to one looking inward through the glass window. Immigrants need to look beyond the glamour produced by the movie cameras. Initiation into any foreign culture needs to be done with an objective view; unfortunately, the Hollywood smoke screen deprives its consumers from making an informed judgement.