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Why is German pop culture less popular worldwide than American, British and Japanese?

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No large german empire has ever existed, hence the language hasn't spread across the globe.

Britain and now America both have had global empires, which spread the english language.

And Japan just because they were best with electronics really.



But, couldn't the same be said about almost any other country?

Now, I think US and UK have the language advantage. I mean, English is the 2nd (or 3rd?) most spoken language in the world. So there is that.



Because we suck when it comes to entertainment. Every kind of entertainment.
Our movies are 99% trash, our music is really bad, at least the mainstream music you see on TV or hear on the radio. The strange part is that the music that sells the most is 100% not the music you get to see and hear by mainstream media.

JBG 3 by Kollegah and Farid Bang just released and reached insane numbers on iTunes, Spotify and regular CD sales. Yet you won't hear them anytime soon on the radio. Same for some rock bands, even though they don't reach these sales figures.

Oh and our books suck as well. I prefer some thrillers from nordic countries over our books every day of the week.



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Because German sounds terrible and few people outside Germany speak it? I mean, I guess it might sound good to German speakers, but to me it just sounds terrible.



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chakkra said:

But, couldn't the same be said about almost any other country?

Now, I think US and UK have the language advantage. I mean, English is the 2nd (or 3rd?) most spoken language in the world. So there is that.

It's probably 1st actually. It loses out to Mandarin (and possibly Spanish) on native speakers. But with non-native speakers I wouldn't be surprised if it takes #1 fairly easily given how it's typically the language learned in non-English speaking countries.



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Language. Simple as that. Also we had a huge Empire that straetched over 3/4 of the world.



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Ka-pi96 said:
chakkra said:

But, couldn't the same be said about almost any other country?

Now, I think US and UK have the language advantage. I mean, English is the 2nd (or 3rd?) most spoken language in the world. So there is that.

It's probably 1st actually. It loses out to Mandarin (and possibly Spanish) on native speakers. But with non-native speakers I wouldn't be surprised if it takes #1 fairly easily given how it's typically the language learned in non-English speaking countries.

And even a lot of people in China or Japan would not be considered English speakers but they went to school learning it for years. Also is that mandarin Chinese is a group of a bunch of different Chinese languages whilst English is usually just English with minor differences.



Germans have outsized influence in economic theory and classical music. Just because some Japanese games are popular doesn't mean Japan is more culturally relevant in the world.



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