Sorry everybody


Some of us — hopefully most of us — are trying to understand and appreciate the effect our recent election will have on you, the citizens of the rest of the world. As our so-called leaders redouble their efforts to screw you over, please remember that some of us — hopefully most of us — are truly, truly sorry. And we’ll say we’re sorry, even on the behalf of the ones who aren’t.

So, it’s not profound… except in emotion. Its not deep… except in conviction. The pictures are self-promoting, narcisistic, goofy, touching… whatever. This is a collection of photos of Americans — mainly young, but plenty of old and middle-aged folk, too — apologizing to the rest of the world for the outcome of the presidential election. Over 5000 photos so far, and the site-owners report they’re pushing 350GB/day down the wire. There are plenty of photos of citizens of countries other than the US accepting our apologies. What does it mean, well, as the FAQ says:

What’s this site about?

Most people who think carefully understand that Americans are not really any more jingoistic or xenophobic than people in other countries, but it never hurts to reinforce, especially considering what happened on November 2nd, 2004. What must it have looked like to the world outside our borders? America proudly re-appointed her reckless, incompetent and corrupt government. How much of America? Fifty-two percent. The rest of us are aghast and dismayed.

Lots of fuss is made about the “global village.†The Internet was supposed to make communication between cultures, countries and peoples painless and easy. It was supposed to build bridges. But it doesn’t do this automatically; somebody has to reach out. The Internet was supposed to lead to education and understanding. It doesn’t. Rarely do people on the internet apologize. I thought it was high time. The world needs to understand that there are people in America who don’t like what our government is doing. And from the mail we’re receiving, there are people in the international community who appreciate this.

Also, come on, it’s kind of amusing.