The commercials on the television, the advertisements placed on newspapers and the banners by big conglomerates have one thing in common: They are mostly geared towards children. Chapter 2 of the book Fast Food Nation, written by Eric Schlosser provides a history of two big American companies, McDonalds and Disney, and how their selfish desires led to marketing directed towards children. Schlosser’s central idea and usage of argumentative techniques along with bias define this chapter’s purpose as an educational work designed to reveal the antics of big money corporations. The central idea of this chapter is focused solely on the greed and selfishness of big corporations as they try to advance their business and gain profits while being
During the Progressive Era, muckrakers were classified as journalists who worked to expose corruption, whether it was corporate or political, as well as social injustices. Some popular muckrakers in the 20th century were Lincoln Steffens, Ida B. Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, etc. Many of these journalists wrote about the corruption of big businesses, poor working conditions, and much more. Although the Progressive Era ended long ago, there are still journalists the work to expose the problems in the 21st century. Eric Schlosser, an influential journalist, works mainly to uncover the unsanitary and prejudice in the fast food industry as well as other topics such as the trade of marijuana and immigrant workers farming the strawberry fields in California.
Novelist, Eric Schlosser, in his novel, “Fast Food Nation”, expresses how fast food has spread. Schlosser’s purpose is to make us see how addicted we are to fast food. He adopts a shocking tone through the use of diction, Logos, and diction in order to get people to make better choices. For starters, one of the strategies that Schlosser used in this text is diction. Diction can be defined as style of speaking or writing determined by the choice of words by a speaker /writer.
Things are not normally as rough as they sound, though in this case, they are worse. Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation puts the unspeakable truths into a book, to show anyone strong enough to handle the terrible truths of the fast food just how bad it genuinely is. On page 177, Schlosser Shows the terrible truths of fast food corporations and the harsh environment that the cleaning crews have to endure after hours through cacophonous word choice, quotes from real employees, and syntactical repetition.
All throughout history, common people are seen being taken advantage of by people of higher power. For a long time, people had no way to battle these injustices. Either they were to afraid to speak up, or they figured that they could just deal with these injustices, just like they had been doing their whole lives. At the turn of nineteenth century, things began to change. People stopped ignoring the fact that they were being mistreated.
Fast food nation spilled many incriminating facts about America’s fast food culture. American’s spend 110 billion annually on fast food and one out of every eight Americans is employed by McDonalds’ at some point in their lifetime. Schlosser quickly letting his thesis be known he next takes attacks from every angle. For instance Schlosser takes jabs at religion and employment when he says “the golden arches are more recognizable than the Christian cross” and “McDonald’s closed a successful franchise in Quebec just to keep the workers from unionizing.” Although McDonald’s is one of the biggest businesses Schlosser clearly tells that the business does not have the best interest for its customers or employees.
Bias of Fast Food Chains “Fast food is popular because it's convenient, it's cheap, and it tastes good. But the real cost of eating fast food never appears on the menu.” (Schlosser). Many people favors several popular Fast food restaurants in a way that impacts others’ opinions about that specific restaurant. The bias of many media outlets mainly affects people negatively since the unawareness of credible information shapes peoples’ knowledge and opinion of fast food.
Schlosser does not want to be another individual saying fast food is horrible only because of how unhealthy it is for the human body, his main message goes beyond that. Schlosser is an author who wants to give his readers the argument of how the fast food industry affected the landscape of America, created the gap between rich and poor wider, fueled obesity amongst many and even altered food production across America and the world. As well as getting the point across of how fast food is now what makes up America and is almost now part of the defination of America.
Upton Sinclair was born on September 20th, 1878. Him and his family moved to New York City in 1888 due to his father being an alcoholic. His family was extremely poor, unlike Sinclair’s grandparents, who were extremely wealthy. He claims that because of his experiences with the lifestyle of being poor and wealthy, it turned him into a socialist. Sinclair entered New York City college at the age of fourteen.
Homework has many advantages for students, but when there is an unreasonable amount to get done homework is not helping anyone. Excessive amounts of work had led to a stressed and drained student population. Many studies have shown that in America, homework does not advance academic achievement in students. Yes, homework can be used effectively, but if it was severely reduced , the issue in place would not be that bad. With that being said, it would be much easier for students to maintain a healthy outside of school life.