no no, i had something different in mind (quite the opposite, in fact):
at least for myself it's like this: it's rather a picture i have in mind when i think about road movie cliches and the like. it's not that i expect this being 2011 USA. and now that i see these pictures it's like finding some of the pictures i took as a cliche, and that i believed to be not existent anymore, or too far from reality today, still exist in the real world.
and for europeans (and other non-us-continental people
) it's hard to check imagination against reality
it's like thinking about bavaria, and then finding some of the bavaria-cliches to be real. which you might not not expect in first place.
now that i think about it, it's a little bit like the william gibson short story "the gernsback continuum" (though it's about something else)