Not the railroads, then, or motor trade; Chicago and Detroit, or the oil wells and nodding donkeys? Brit stereotyping of the US
I'm not a very good American at all. I've always been ready to jump ship and haven't watched all that many commercials. Even when I was a kid I read during commercials. But my guess would be -- oil wells = Dallas = cowboy hats, money, and trucks .... as the image Americans prefer of their oil wells... you mean the oil dereks.... I don't think so again ... working on an oil derek doesn't smack of money or success ... owning the oil derek does ... again ... dimly lit bars, tight jeans, cowboy hats, big steaks and baked potatoes, scotch..... and Detroit is sort of a wasteland economically and I can only say I don't personally recall it ever being considered glamorous or sexy or a mark of success to work on a Detroit assembly line ... now to be a car engineer .... that would be different. But an oil man doesn't see a rivet, may not get his hands dirty at all.
My limited understanding of how Americans are perceived by European countries is that we eat too much fast food. Also, we're inconsiderate, loud, and fail to respect people's privacy. We're brats -- always shouting, "Here! Here! Look at me!" Also, we think American football is football and we're confused about soccer. I might have to check my sources.
Honestly this has come up during a time when I'm particularly negative about being an American and I wasn't all that into it from the beginning. Although, I eat too much fast food -- I CAN be loud... although ... mostly in my own home ... in public I'm quiet... I AM curious about everything and I don't think that has to do with being an American because ... I'm worse about needing to know things than most Americans .... but in some areas I don't intrude... also I really strive to be considerate ... particularly when it comes to different cultures.
I shall consult with my local source on UK / US relations and cultural perspective and see what he says. He may be better informed on stereotypes than me.
Glamorizing oil dereks... and working on an assembly line can't be a real thing can it?
Oh, I forgot the railroads. Maybe in Ayn Rand's day 60 - 70 years ago. I have an ex who is a train conductor. He's a train conductor so he can read ... Don't think so ...
Obviously ... am confused and will have to ask around. My son says ... "I don't know .. motorcycles ... maybe a car.... try YouTube....so how bout you shoot for that instead of asking me like I'm f'ing google... if you want to talk ... tell me you want to talk ... but don't ask me about an oil derek thing ... I don't even know how to process that sh*t...."
The above is sort of an industrial commercial but the voice over talks about new frontiers. It shows an industrial area though. Also, a train. Also, the countryside. It's painfully non-specific. We like the idea of being in wide open spaces and hot sexy guys are usually guys who can get in a car and drive away quickly, or a bike.... the rivets commercial has a very industrial, contained feel to me.
A surgeon in jeans -- tainted love.
People of all types, colors, and shapes dancing in Levis.
All kinds of "normal" people wearing jeans.
Anyway, maybe its just me but I'd call all of the men in these videos cowboys.
Now I've wasted time.