It seems to me as if Beaudrillard attempts to define the
two cultures through his use of the desert metaphor.
He suggests two different approaches that apply
uniquely to each culture. The French culture he
suggests is vertical, expounding on an established
base. The American culture is more horizontal: that
is, there is a start and an end, like an assembly line,
suggesting that the American culture is indeed a
product. For the French, if these observations are
shared, upon what sort of base is French culture
founded? (As I was reading it, I thought he spoke of
history, but then again he is not always specific) For
the American students, do you agree with his view of
American culture or are you offended in some respects?