American culture has a global reach, but the most far-flung exports represent a fun house-mirror image of the U.S.
Dr. Guy Golan and Michael Ardaiolo discuss the new book, Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad, with author Martha Bayles.
Martha Bayles is the author of Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music and Ain’t It a Shame? Censorship and the Culture of Transgression. Her reviews and essays on the arts, media, and cultural policy have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Weekly Standard, and many other publications. She teaches humanities at Boston College.