1 in 4 Americans visit a fast food restaurant in respect to the video at the time of date. The three most obese states at the time were Virginia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Virginia being the home of Morgan Spurlock. The reason behind the experiment was due to the fact that two people filed a lawsuit on Mcdonalds saying that eating there food is the reason for obesity in America. The only way to possibly defeat mcdonald 's was to present actual evidence that they were encouraging people to supersize their meal.
Super-Size Me is a documentary film, created by Morgan Spurlock. This documentary emphasizes the message of the risks of consuming fast food and the outcomes that fast food has on people’s health. Spurlock came up with this idea from a lawsuit that involved two young girls suing McDonalds for their weight problems. The presiding judge over this case ruled that there was not sufficient evidence that their health issues were caused by consuming food from McDonalds. As an experiment to see if these girl’s claim had any merit, Spurlock was determined to only consume food from McDonalds for thirty days and see if there was any correlation between eating fast food and declining of health.
In his book Fast Food Nation, Schlosser explains and clarifies the dark side of Fast Food in America and the world. Schlosser starts off the book by telling the story of Carl Karcher, who bought a hot dog cart while working his own job and with the advances in automobile industry he eventually opened a Drive-In Barbeque restaurant. Schlosser explains how the economy after world war 2 helped get Carl a lot of customers. In addition, Schlosser also mentions the story of the McDonald brothers, opening the first Speedee Serive System restaurant and how other restaurants adopted the idea. Schlosser mentions advertising Fast Food for kids and how that increases customers coming in.
At the time J. Edgar Hoover was in command of the F.B.I., due to this he obtained extensive files one suspected subversives through the use of wiretaps, surveillance and the infiltration of leftist groups. There were many communistic events that were internationally happening around the world at the time. Consequently, this heightened the fear for the public. Above all, the public felt the Red Scare on a personal level. Many alleged communist sympathizers saw their lives disrupted.
Even things that should have felt familiar felt off. For instance there were 7-11’s down just about every street, but instead of coffee, hot dogs, and taquitos they served soymilk, boiled meats, and tofu. McDonald 's sold tea eggs, KFC served egg drop soup, and Pizza Hut’s were full blown sit down restaurants, complete with waiters and fancy tablecloth. Both my parents, who immigrated to America right after college, came after witnessing the infamous Tiananmen square protests, and like many other immigrants, they left family and country alike, following the dream to carve out a new and better life in America. Arriving at the age of 24 and 26, they knew no one but each other, and barely spoke english.
Many believed that communists were inciting rebellions in the form of labor unions in almost every state; focus shifted from the Red Scare when the need to focus on the war in Europe overpowered the supposed presence of a communist party. After World War II, tensions arose between Russia, then known as the USSR, and the United States. This tension and the events that followed came to be called the Cold War, one of its main events being the Second Red Scare. The Second Red Scare was more destructive than the first. During this Scare, the United States believed that it was constantly under attack from Communists, both from within and outside of the nation 's borders.
During the Industrial Revolution, Horatio Alger wrote stories about people coming from nothing to getting everything. These stories were perfect examples of the so-called American Dream because even if someone came from a humble background, they could still succeed to become a Carnegie or a Rockefeller. In reality though, this was not possible. There was no way anyone could succeed with the robber barons controlling all industry and pay. The American Dream definitely did not exist back
In the book Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser discusses the harsh truth that comes with the fast food industry. Schlosser covers much about the start of the fast food industry and how these companies have managed to change cultures all around the world. Over the last three decades, fast food has infiltrated every nook and cranny of American society. (pg 3). This is a minimal amount of time, when you think about it, for something this large to happen and influence so much.
Two parallel events have shown that Americans are prone to a culture of fear and oppression when face with acts of terror. This culture of fear invaded the minds of government and the people during the first Red Scare and after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 with similar results. Due process and civil liberties were attacked in favor protecting the country. The people blindly followed as the government instituted new laws and policies that encroached on personal freedoms. In the first Red Scare of 1919-1920, the government was reacting to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the heightened nationalism of World War 1.
“Is what you want? A miserable little bourgeois republic? In the name of the great Soviet republic of labour we declare war to the death on such a government!” (Bukharin, 1917) . The Russians were fed up of being poorly treated by their own country, so they decided to take a stance. By doing this, they overthrown the poorly run government as the Russian people were in favour of a new system that would work in their favour.