Thursday, September 14, 2006

Watching Us

A new media resource that just came my way:

"WatchingAmerica reflects global opinion about the United States, helping Americans and non-Americans alike understand what the world thinks of current issues that involve the U.S. This is done by providing news and views about the United States published in other countries.

It is not our purpose to find favorable or unfavorable content, but to reflect as accurately as possible how others perceive the richest and most powerful country in the world. We have no political agenda.

WatchingAmerica makes available in English articles written about the U.S. by foreigners, often for foreign audiences, and often in other languages. Since WatchingAmerica offers its own translations, regular users of our site will enjoy articles not available in English anywhere else. We are a unique window into world opinion.

In addition, by integrating the latest translation technology into the site, visitors are able to surf all of the content of foreign-language news outlets at the push of a button - in English."

I've only glanced at it, but so far it looks promising as a way to find otherwise hard to access news sources. Take a look and see what you think. Who knew that, for example, according to the Chinese press "it is only America's love of Pluto that has made the study of our Solar System so complex and so absurd."

Now I feel guilty.