Tip of the blog cap to David, who points out that Der Spiegel believes a blackout in part of the United States is a sign of a superpower at the edge of chaos, while a blackout across almost all of Italy (those lucky Sardinians!) is a sign of trees falling in a forest.
Here’s his translation of the intro paragraphs of the two articles:
SPIEGEL: “ITALY WITHOUT POWER – France rejects responsibility for the blackout. In Italy, the power went out in the early hours of the morning this Sunday, affecting more people than the blackout in the USA. In all likelihood, storms knocked out two major power lines connecting France and Italy. The search for a scapegoat has begun.”
>The language of the SPIEGEL was different than when New York was hit by a blackout:
“BLACKOUT IN AMERICA – The dazed world power was plunged into chaos by the largest blackout in the super power’s history: Cities in the dark, planes on the ground, and a nation marching single-file like geese through the darkness. The land of limitless opportunity was shut off by a couple of exploded fuses. A world power between perception and reality – SPIEGEL TV with observations from a country whose lights have gone out.”