It's no secret that we here on The Stir have Royal Wedding Fever. I, personally, am extremely excited about the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. I mean, a regular ol' (really pretty, really wealthy) girl is about to become a princess! That's news-worthy!
Well, much to my surprise, it turns out that I'm not the only person who cares about the Royal Wedding in the United States. New data from Nielsen shows that the coverage of everything Will and Kate by the U.S. press has surpassed the British media -- by a quite a large margin. Crikey!
According to Nielson:
While the United Kingdom creates the greater overall level of consumer buzz about the Royal Wedding, the United States has the highest share of news coverage by traditional news sources, such as the online versions of newspapers and magazines.
Is it me, or is this kind of weird? We're, like, totally taking over the Royal Wedding. It feels kind of icky and wrong; like we've eaten the last piece of cake at somebody else's birthday party. Imagine if Brad and Angelina were to get married and there was more British coverage than U.S.? Something about it just doesn't seem right.
Maybe it's because we don't have any royalty -- besides Oprah Winfrey -- here in the United States. We don't ever get to watch fancy people with white gloves and pill box hats have tea and knight people. All we have is the Lindsay Lohan trial, Charlie Sheen and his goddesses, and Donald Trump questioning our President. Very uncouth.
Or perhaps it's simply because Americans are obsessed with anything celebrity? I tend to lean towards the former, because the British tabloids are just as bad -- possibly even worse.
Or, maybe, just maybe, it's because we Americans secretly wish we were British? I know I do. So much so that I speak with an accent. Half my co-workers think I moved to New York from Croydon, not Los Angeles. Guess the jig is up now.
Whatever the reason, who cares? The important thing is that the United States is number one! Doesn't matter if it pertains to something as dumb as "most media coverage." Just as long as we win. USA! USA!
Why do you think Americans are so obsessed with the Royal Wedding?
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