I'm warming myself by the warm glow of the computer screen. And the radiator next to me.
Not that I need any more distractions since I discovered Google Earth's Streetview, but I found another one. WorldMeets.US is a fascinating site that gathers international reporting about the United States.
I am fascinated by outsiders' perception of something I think I know so very well. Of course, I'm not an expert on America, though I'd like to play one on TV. While I assume that I know what Americans are thinking, I don't. Like most assumptions, it ought to be challenged. Regularly.
Here are two articles -- commentary, more than factual reporting -- written in response to Barack Obama's victory in the Iowa caucus. The first is by a Nigerian, the second by a German.
I don't know where to begin. I see that someone has corrected the Nigerian's claim regarding the racially charged smear against John McCain from 2000, but I'm not sure if that was the WorldMeets.US editor or the Nigerian editor. While I might want to go on a line by line fisking, I think I'll just let it be.
UPDATE: I don't want to give the impression that I believe that the two articles are wrong and need to be corrected. Rather, I'm delighted to see things from a perspective that is far outside my own, even if at times I am convinced that it is mistaken. Of course I want to jump at what I perceive to be factual errors -- that's much easier than addressing the fundamental differences in perspective.