In today’s society, following trends and hashtags are our main focuses. Whatever we see on T.V or read in magazines, we tend to copy or mimic it in our everyday lives. There are many conflicting things that America promotes. Advertisements promote skinny women wearing lots of makeup, and many movies promote finding a romantic love life. Wealth is not usually promoted by mass media conglomerates; however, everyday Americans strive to live the “good life”. We promote and encourage, the wealthy lifestyle, to ourselves. American culture teaches us to value appearance, wealth, and romantic love.
During school hours, many female students that sat in the library looked at themselves through the front camera on their phones; they touched up there makeup
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Herman Koch delivers a riveting commentary on affluenza in his novel “The Dinner”, in which the deleterious effects of affluence play a crucial role in the unfolding events. The term ‘affluenza’ was recently popularized in the 2013 Ethan Couch trial; prior to the twentieth-century, it was heretofore unheard-of. Symptoms include extreme materialism and materialism in the pursuit of status to the detriment of one’s relationships, mental and/or emotional health, and more. When found in youth raised in privilege, such as Ethan Couch, and Koch’s Michael and Rick Lohman, affluenza manifests as an extreme disregard for others’ well-being. Today, the average level of wealth per household, and thus per child, has multiplied since the past decades, evidenced by anecdotes from elders, while affluenza has become a relevant social issue.
These traits of privilege are more of a result from the American Dream’s creation of avarice. Gaining material wealth pushes people to become spoiled or indulgent, never seeing the harm in their actions, and always wanting more than they
Culture in America during the 1980s was signified by a social and political conservatism. Conservatism is the” domination of society by an aristocracy (Stanford University).” The apex of American conservatism in the last half of the twentieth century was Ronald Reagan's victory in the presidential election. During Reagan's time as chief executive, he tried to get rid of the welfare State Act. He also wanted to shrink the federal government.
Yes) Much has changed since our early roots in the United States. The way society is today is far different than our early settlers, the viewpoints of values and ethics have changed drastically but there are still morals that stay true to americans like a commandment. Two Puritan ethics that still apply to our present culture is to never waste time and work hard at whatever you do. Through the course of our known US history, many successful people have achieved great lengths by never wasting time. Their origins date back to them being simple people just like us, but the only difference was that they had a passion like a blue fire in the midst of their souls.
In America’s cultural ideals, individuals come before anything else; leaving government in second place because “[its] role is to serve the people, as opposed to a system where people are required to serve it” (Patterson, 2015 p.9). For example, in the Declaration of Independence, the unalienable rights are mentioned which are “freedoms that belong to each and every citizen and that cannot lawfully be taken away by government” (Patterson, 2015 p.9). This leads me to America’s key political ideals being liberty, individualism, equality, and self-government. Thomas E. Patterson defines liberty as “the principle that individuals should be free to act and think as they choose” (Patterson, 2015 p.9). For early Americans, political liberty was a natural right that everyone possessed.
Conclusion As just mentioned, the political climate can have great influence on hate crime and the culture in which it embodies. But this is not the only facet of American culture that has an influence on such. The rapid pace of technology, for example, allows for news to spread with immediacy never seen. This has been proven to be either positive, or detrimental, to diminishing the hate culture in America.
What is otherness? In the context of readings like Mark Greene’s How America’s Culture of Shame is a Killer for Young Boys and Barbara Mellix’s From the Outside, in, otherness marks the difference in gender, race, and social class. The insiders are those that are in power politically, socially and religiously. Likewise, it implies there are those without representation, without power. Whether you are part or outside the groups, they create a sense of unity and community.
The collision of cultures dictates how well a country is able to preserve and provide for a multitude of people that require a delicate balance. The American culture is a prime example of diversity on one side, and the miss handling of diversity on the other side. Very much like that of the Persians, who during their re-stabilization and the implementation on how best to enforce stability within their country’s existing culture was by embracing “the power of customs” while being aware of the dangers associated with over-sharing, in hopes of cutting off the “instability of human happiness and fortune” in an effort to provide the “power of freedom” for anyone to immigrate to the United States. Upon all the challenges on this new nation, that
Society is constantly changing, and some people think it’s for the better, some think it’s for the worse. I feel that there is no question that society is changing for the worse. A Pew Research Poll taken in the spring of 2015 says that only 45% of people around the world express the view that today’s children will be better off financially than their parents.
American History Education Reforms The definition as well as the specific parts of accurate American history is a highly debated topic- especially in regards to educating children on American history. In “Let’s tell the Story of All America’s Cultures” by Yuh Ji-Yeon gives her point of view on the controversial topic of the success of American history education. As the author is a Korean immigrant she has a special connection to this topic, and is writing this article to giver her opinion in the debate of reforming education in America. Ji-Yeon successfully persuades the audience that American history education in the United States is discriminatory by using her personal experiences and emotions as she informs the audience of a possible solution
Throughout my childhood, my dad shared many stories with me, and although many came and went from my mind by the time he was done telling them, there is one story that has always struck a chord with me. At the age of fourteen, my dad was patrolling the halls as a hall monitor at Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. Though his usual days consisted of the exhilarating task of doing nothing all day, this particular day took an interesting turn when found a girl, sitting alone in a corner and in tears. When he asked her what was wrong, she confessed that she had kissed a boy, which according to her mom, meant she was pregnant! Of course, after calming her down, my dad told her that she was not in fact pregnant and directed her to the library
In my eyes, American culture is like a salad bowl. People from all different places, with all different backgrounds, came together to make America unique and diverse. Some aspects that make up American culture include our food, our art, our ways of life, and our national holidays. For example, holidays such as the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Veterans Day are only celebrated in this country. All cultures have the same basic needs of food, water, shelter and good health, but all cultures tend to have different values.
Introduction Nowadays it is obvious that America is the most influential country in the world. It dictates us all how to live, what to like and what to admire. It can be said that America somewhat manipulates our everyday behavior, but does it in a subtle way. So that we don’t even pay attention to it. So, how can this country do it so easily?
Ethnocentrism and its prevalence in U.S culture Ethnocentrism is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one’s own culture. Individuals who are ethnocentric judge other groups in relation to their own ethnic group or culture. I think The United States likes to refer to themselves as the “big mixing pot” of cultures. I would agree, we do have a wide range of different cultures, but that does not mean that we do not “evaluate and judge other cultures based on how they compare to our own cultural norms.” I think us as Americans feel this way, because we are too scared to change what we have learned and known since birth.