An Amusing Exercise


Ok, it’s a bit smug and a bit twee, but Slate has this lovely series that describes events here in the USA using the terminology and viewpoints that the American media generally reserve for covering events in other (especially Third World), countries. Here’s a sample from the most recent, which is about vaccination and measles.

Despite funding cuts that have impacted the country’s byzantine and often insufficient health care infrastructure, vaccines against measles and other diseases are widely available. But in most regions of the country they are optional, and many parents—under the influence of celebrities, political ideologues, and radical clerics—choose not to have their children vaccinated, due to the mistaken belief that the vaccines are dangerous. As a result, this prosperous nation now has a lower vaccination rate than Zimbabwe.

Lovely, and so accurate.

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