Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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Understanding different cultures by looking at their news media

As you've probably heard by now, something went wrong at Toronto's airport today: an Air France flight from Paris wound up in flames, and passengers may or may not have survived. Here's a quick look at how some foreign media reacted [all screen shots from around 3:50 PM PST, Tuesday, August 2]:

MSNBC [USA]



It's a miracle! Praise Jesus! Hallelujah!

BBC [UK]



Wait a sec - that's another plane crash entirely, and it didn't even happen today! Perhaps something's going wrong on the back end servers?

[They fixed the error in just a few minutes, and reminded readers again that you're welcome to send your own crash pictures to yourpics@bbc.co.uk!]

Bild [Germany]



Apparently most Germans might not know what country Toronto is in, or they might confuse it with one of the world's many, many Torontos? Hm.

Air France [France]



Not to worry! Tout va bien! Everything is fine!

Het Parool [The Netherlands]



No information about the crash here, but apparently too many people are fucking outdoors in a park in the north of Amsterdam, so they're planting stinging nettles. Ouch!
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