Celebrating Inequalities When I first saw the title of George Packer’s essay, I immediately thought about the disadvantages of lower class or ethnic groups. What was surprising to me was the inequalities of celebrities and the roles they play in our society. Packer asks a very important question: “What are celebrities, after all?” (474). A deeper analysis of the dominance they have on ordinary people should be considered. To some degrees they are searching for some physical being to worship.
The secret rituals performed in the “shrines” is so mysterious and time consuming in their cultureas well. I was heartbroken when I read how the children were scared of going to the temple because the were afraid they would die there. Could this culture really be so willing to give up their health and well being of their children for the sake of being treated by a medicine man? Another startling discovery was how the Nacirema devoted themslevles to the pain and agony they received from the prestige specialists they call ‘holy mouth men.” I questioned over and over again, Why? Then I recognized the routines the Nacirema displayed and discovered our own American culture is so very similar.Americans deem the body as ugly.
No one knows who passed it down to whom; therefore, one should not take the biblical text literally because the people who first told the story probably wasn’t even there at the time of the creation. Genesis 1 was written down by several biblical authors according to their beliefs, experiences, and assumptions of God. There are other ancient creation myths that are quite similar to Genesis chapter 1. This further proves that the creation wasn’t an eye-witnessed event, since the writers of Genesis chapter one and the writers of other creational myths probably did not have the same original source of information. That is the different writers most likely did not talk to the same exact
Simply put, the culture industry is a factory that mass-produces inadequate cultural goods. Through film, television, music, and magazines, the masses are brainwashed by their consumption. The products created by the culture industry might seem to differentiate people, however they force people to behave in accordance with their pre-determined and indexed level. The result of this is a general public that is easier to shape and manage. I believe this can be strongly tied into the Marxist ideas of commodity fetishism and false consciousness as the culture industry creates repressive and alienating effects through products and commodities.
Undocumented Immigrant – It Could Have Been You In her article “Undocumented, Indispensable” Anna Quindlen claims that too many Americans assume that undocumented immigrants are a financial drain on our society rather than contributors. One way Quindlen appeals to our emotions is by pointing out that it is offensive and demeaning to use the term “illegal” to describe millions of people who are an integral part of our society. Criminality is implied whenever this term is used, but the vast majority of these people are law-abiding residents. Also present in Quindlen’s essay is a subtle reminder as to how each of us, at one time or another, have felt when we were unjustly blamed for something we had little control over. Because of this reminder, the reader can empathize with these immigrants when they feel many of our financial problems are unjustly blamed on them.
If not, we start being judgmental and that’s where the problems arise. It is true that the media and tabloids can change what we expect from a public figure, but even without the tabloids, don’t we judge them by the way they look or act? A lot of attention is being given to Gabourey Sidibe, star of the highly acclaimed movie, Precious: Based on the
It’s the process by which solicited bids are divulged as leverage with contractors to lower their prices. This is seen more often in specialty and trade contractors. Bid shopping may lead to a breakdown in trust and collaboration and is likely to cause a more contentious atmosphere between owners, contractors, and subcontractors. No payment issues have become a fast growing problem. The economic downturn hit the construction industry hard.
Research Paper English 103 Kurt Matteson While some idolize the rich for their boundless opulence, others dismiss them out of disgust. In either way the wealthy are stripped of their humanity by the masses making them immortal; a persistent reminder of unobtainable luxury. Idolization in itself isn’t necessarily harmful, it sets certain aspirations, and it makes you want to better yourself, wanting to be more like someone or something. It can also take away someone’s humanity, if they are seen as immortal, or a god. The dismissal of a human being can be incepted for many reasons, but it usually leaves the dismissed feeling less human.
It appears that this very issue may be vexing Elite. The admission by one of Elite’s own employees, that Stampy offers a “similar, if not better” product at a lessor price is troubling. The entrance of Stampy may pose a long term problem. If Stampy is able to continuously drive down pricing, it may create a
Body ritual among the Nacirema After reading the required reading "Body Ritual among the Nacrirema" I was surprised and yet disgusted that people actually went through such extremes measures to preserve and care for their bodies. The Nacirema tribe is described by anthropologist Horace Miner, as an old primitive tribe residing in North America with savage and barbaric Practices and rituals. Minor gives plenty of examples that would make the Nacirema tribe seem over obsessive and even animalistic. Minor describes the Nacrirema tribe as performing a special body ritual called the "mouth rite" which is basically the gruesome pulling of teeth, only to put " a special medicine" inside so that it cold fill holes in their mouths. Another example the author describes, is the ritual of certain medicine men who have a temple.