Time magazine and American ignorance

November 29, 2011

Here is a comparison of the front page covers of recent editions of the various regional editions of Time magazine (US, Europe, Asia, South Pacific). These images have been circling around on the Internet lately. The discrepancy between the US versions and the others is so dramatic that it’s hard to believe, but if you look them up at Time Magazine, you can see for yourself that the images below are correct. 

Americans are notorious for their ignorance of world affairs. For instance, according to Rick Shenkman, Associate Professor of History at George Mason University,

In 2003, the Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad investigated Americans’ knowledge of world affairs. The task force concluded: “America’s ignorance of the outside world” is so great as to constitute a threat to national security.

These images from Time magazine suggest that the American media is at least partially responsible for the ignorance of the American public. 



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