Dilip has an interesting post on our obsession with local news and he says that the media in India and in America are not that different. The average Indian doesn't really know much about the world than the average American as the average Indian is some semi-literate dude from a small town who doesn't have an Internet connection. I agree but what about the above-average Indian - people like you and me? Do we really know more about the world than the average American?
I believe that depends on how you define the world. Let us have a small quiz here. Let us see how many of the following questions can we answer without resorting to Google or Wiki. Honor system, ofcourse.
1. Who is the President of Chad? or Does Chad have a President? or What system of government do they have anyways?
2. What language is spoken in the highlands of Peru by the natives?
3. Easiest of the lot - In which country can you find Mount Kilimanjaro?
4. Closer to home - Who is the King of Bhutan?
5. What is the capital of Laos?
My score - 2/5. I know where is Kilimanjaro. I know what language is spoken in the highlands of Peru(because I was there recently).
So anyways the point I am trying to make here is that we care to know about the 'world' we are interested in - we are usually interested in emulating/aping the developed and the powerful world and ofcourse, we will make an effort to learn about them. America, on the other hand, is the most powerful nation in the world and her average citizen has no incentive/interest in learning about anyone else. What say?