American mainstream culture is so prevalent that even some of the so-called counter and sub-cultural movements are being classified as mainstream by their various counterpart sub-cultures existing elsewhere in the western world, but which are actually cool and where the scene is "not scene."
Is inadequately schooled and informed with regard to foreign languages and culture due to a public education system which is underfunded, undersupported, and UNDERCUT by a government that has no interest in presiding over an educated population, and can be considered altogether hostile to an individual's desire for self-determination. education is expensive in america. Many give up, and for others it is hard won.
Are chastised by multilingualist middle-class europeans who are upheld by exemplary state healthcare and public education systems, (which any american would be envious of if they knew any better), and who make use of their education by decrying oppression which they experience at the hands of stupid ignorant american teenagers. What is the french word for cliche? you owe me 6000 dollars.
the real "scene":
its extremist consumerism approaching absolute war, and the purest form of capitalism you'll find in the west. its kaput. meaningful existence is derived from the bombardments of pill advertisements intermingled with anti-illicit drug public service messages reminding us to remain 'Above-the-Influence' of marijuana and even indie-rock! Its exhausting simply trying to remain above the influence of 'Above-the-Influence,' when you eat it for breakfast and supper.
may wish to travel to europe and walk around, maybe because they know little about it and wish to learn more but never had the opportunity or notion to until that time. Chances are they havent been spoon fed fed multiculturalism and multilingualism from a young age young age into adulthood.
may or may not be absoutely clueless, but in having made a step onto foreign shores, they have accomplished something that a majority of young americans will never do in their lifetimes. While its not your responsibility to call them anything other than stupid, i dont see how much more globally aware and progressive doing that makes you or anyone else.
"Oh I'm sorry let me rephrase that question so as to make it more ambiguous."
"What is the nature of Belgium's relationship with Germany today as a result of the past century?"
"When not speaking English, do you normally speak French or pig-latin like the dutch?"
"Is there a "Belgian" language? Can Beligium even be considered a country? I mean like really?"
"Do the words 'Panzer Vorwärts!' mean anything to you?"
"Wow is America a piece of shit or what?"
"Yea I'd buy that for a euro. Dick."