On January 17, 2001 Eric Schlosser, a contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly and author of Reefer Madness, depicts “The Dark side of the All-American Meal” in his novel Fast Food Nation, one of TIME’s 100 best nonfiction books. In the novel, Schlosser employs many different rhetorical strategies throughout the chapters to inform and convince his audience of the scandalous nature of the fast food industry. Schlosser describes the unseen truths of industry in order to dissuade not only the American public, but all supporters of fast food. He writes to all members of society who eat fast food, so that he can alert them of what is happening beneath the surface of one of America’s most profitable and private industry’s. Chapter five is divided …show more content…
“-dependence upon public land and resources”(Schlosser 112) is an understatement. Schlosser starts by stating that Simplot’s father was a homesteader, and his family was provided land by the U.S. government (Schlosser 112). By making the audience aware of the fact that Simplot’s family was given free land, Schlosser embeds the idea that Simplot is dependent on the government for his success. This theme is subtly repeated throughout the section. Simplot built his home on federal land “built a cooker in the desert” (Schlosser 112); He used federal resources to further advance his business “When J.R. Simplot needed timber for a new warehouse, he and his men would just head down to Yellowstone and chop down some trees.” (Schlosser 113); He capitalized on the United States entrance in World War II by selling food to the military (Schlosser 113); He used his inside relations with the U.S. government to buy potato farmer’s land and mining outposts (Schlosser 113). Schlosser emphasizes on Simplot’s ability to create such a vast empire and seemingly resents Simplot and other pioneers of the fast food empire for having the opportunities the people of today do not …show more content…
Schlosser repeatedly stresses the idea that the Idaho potato farmers are so economically dependant of the fast food industry that they are essentially slaves. Schlosser compares the relationship to feudalist “rural England”(Schlosser 118). Schlosser also notes that potato farmers are losing their land (Schlosser 118), and also has a professional in the topic claim that they will “‘wind up sharecroppers*’” (Schlosser 119). Schlosser’s quote from an expert helps establishes credibility in the claim that the farmers are essentially slaves. Schlosser use of the hourglass metaphor (Schlosser 120) is extremely powerful because it demonstrates how much much influence the fast food industry has on the suppliers and consumers. Schlosser includes the ambiguous statistic within the hourglass of “two million ranchers and farmers”(Schlosser 120) to “two-hundred and seventy five million consumers”(Schlosser 120) in order to further prove that the corporations have all the power in this
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In the introduction to Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser states something very significant and memorable: “We are what we eat.” The drastic change in America’s eating habits has caused this American culture to grow into something never before imagined, for better and for worse. Our culture is eating so much worse than in the past, and it's affecting the world around us as well. “In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food [over the course of the year]; in 2000, they spent more than $110 billion” (Schlosser 3). What Schlosser is saying is that America’s addiction towards fast food is increasingly worse.
Food Inc. is an informative and revealing documentary film, aimed to expose the dirty truth of the industrial food industry in America. Directed by Robert Kenner and produced by Michael Pollan, this film informs the American people exactly what they are eating and how it’s affecting them, by painting a more realistic picture of the food industry, than that of an agricultural society. With the use compelling images, such as cattle being raised in grassless, manure infested fields with industrial factories in the background, and stories and interviews from farmers, government officials and victims throughout the film, Food Inc. reveals the horrifying immorality of the food industry, to ignite anger and disgust from the audience toward the unethical
It is important for a writer to establish ethos in order for their readers to accept their argument. Eric Schlosser, the author of Fast Food Nation, establishes his ethos in the introduction so that his audience sees the importance of his investigation of the fast food industry. Throughout the introduction of Fast Food Nation Schlosser presents his audience with dates and facts regarding the fast food industry. By telling the number of operating McDonald’s in 1968 and quoting sociologist, his audience knows that he has done the proper research. Schlosser himself even claims that, “During the two years spent researching this book, I ate an enormous amount of fast food.
Eric Schlosser's purpose in writing Fast Food Nation is to inform the American readers that they personally withhold the power to change solve the nation's fast food crisis. Schlosser exerts and Authoritative tone in his passage, "how to do it, which guarantees the reader that demanding the fast food industry to change will yield amazing results. The authoritative tone embodies the reader with a sense of reassurance and safety. Schlosser wants the reader to know that, "Even the anticipation of consumer anger has prompted McDonald's to demand changes from its suppliers" in the past (269). The reader is provided facts that make them believe that they have leverage over the industry.
His discoveries influenced him to write "Fast Food Nation," in order to unveil the horrors of the all-American meal. B. Summary 1. In this book, Schlosser describes the production, the working conditions and the marketing tactics of the fast food industry. 2.
Eric Schlosser's main argument in Fast Food Nation is that Fast Food chains play a big role all around the world. Sometimes, this is not a good thing. Fast Food companies are expanding and showing up in every country. With these restaurants, brings not only cheap food but pollution and fatty foods. Eric Schlosser gives many convincing arguments about the unfair treatment of employees, conditions of slaughterhouses, unhealthy food and just how much power these chains have.
Food production is a representation of social and political climates in the way that capitalism negatively affects the life of immigrants, the quality of food, and the safety of the public. A great example of the faults of food production is the novel, The Jungle. Written by muckraking journalist, Upton Sinclair, The Jungle is a factual retelling of a Lithuanian immigrant family’s struggle to get by in the Chicago, Illinois meatpacking district, Packingtown. Another example of the effects of food production on the public, and the government’s involvement with it, is the New York Times article, “When a Crop Becomes King” by Michael Pollan. “When a Crop Becomes King” is an informative article that dissects the ramification of corn on the environment,
On January 17th, 2001, Eric Schlosser presented all sides of the all- American meal in an investigative novel that examines the local and global influences of the United States fast food industry. Read the section thoroughly. Then in a well- developed essay, analyze the rhetorical strategies Schlosser uses to convey his message. As American citizens we are all guaranteed the same rights regardless of race, religion, sex, etc.
Eric Schlosser uses various ethical appeals in Fast Food Nation. Michael Pollan uses all sorts of logical appeals in The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Robert Kenner, director of Food Inc., uses numerous emotional appeals. Eric Schlosser claims that our society’s need for fast food has led to horrendous slaughterhouse work conditions,
In chapter 10 in Stuff and Starved they talked about about the the food system is benefiting you as a person by the corporates. The food system has contributed to so many diet- related disease and is even could be decreasing the life span of children in the recent generations. Food has been quite a change the joy people have with food is slowly disappearing. A reoccurring thing that is happens in the book is that even the food industry is bad there are people out their trying to fight against the food system. He discusses how the people get more involved for the food system than the government.
In the article, “Don’t Blame the Eater,” David Zinczenko argues it is the fast food industry’s fault for the nation 's growing obesity epidemic. Furthermore, he believes people should not be blamed for their own obesity. Zinczenko argues fast-food is much more available to the fast paced lifestyle people live in rather than consuming healthy alternatives. He also discusses the fact so many people are on a low budget, it is then best and more inexpensive for them to consume fast-food. Zinczenko states a claim that the fast-food industry “would do well to protect themselves, and their customers, by providing the nutrition information people need” (Zinczenko 464).
Rhetorical Analysis: “Why McDonald’s Fries Taste So Good” When it comes to writing, the hardest part is getting the audience interested in what you have to say. Four techniques writers use to attract readers are the use of ethos, logos, pathos and Kairos in their text. Ethos is a method used to gain trust in the author. Logos uses facts and statistics to add credibility to the author. Pathos is used in stories or experiences to connect the readers emotionally to the text.
Schlosser uses interesting diction and word choice to make it known to the reader the severity of the spread of fast food. He makes it sound like the restaurants are a bunch of enemies that have invaded and are preparing to attack “infiltrated every nook and cranny..." Schlosser used diction to emphasize his main
In David Zinczenko’s essay “Don’t Blame the Eater”, the author shares his sympathy for a group of young people suing McDonalds for making them fat. Zinczenko makes a point that the surplus of fast food chains and the amount of advertising they are allowed has a serious effect on today’s youth. He goes on to argue his stance that the “eaters” are not to blame. His tone in the article struck me as if he was accusing those who hold unhealthy eaters responsible for their own actions as “victim blamers” who lack empathy and the understanding of how the food industries work. I felt as though he was coming off as too defensive and a bit arrogant.
Chapter 7 of Fast Food Nation discussed the starting of meatpacking industry and its downfalls. At first, Iowa Beef Packers (IBP) used the same principle as McDonald’s principle to make fast foods. IBP hired unskilled workers just to do simple and repeated work all day. However, competition with other companies made IBP low wages and health insurance options. This caused slaughterhouses to move West to gain cheap labor and land.