Fast Food Nation

1487 Words Dec 12th, 2012 6 Pages
The Changing of the Food Industry “In many respects, the fast food industry embodies the best and worst of American capitalism at the start of the twenty-first century – its constant stream of new products and innovations, its widening gulf between gulf between rich and poor” (Schlosser 6). In 2001 Eric Schlosser published “Fast Food Nation.” Eric Schlosser’s early 21st century muckraking text, “Fast Food Nation,” attempts to shed light on the consequences of the fast food industry on American society. The rise and growth of the fast food industry, like the meatpacking industry, illuminates the evolution of the American dream in post-World War II America. “Fast Food Nation” is a book about fast food, the values it embodies, and the world …show more content…
After WWII many women entered the workforce which only fueled the fast food industry. “A generation ago, three-quarters of the money used to buy food in the United States was spent to prepare meals at home. Today about half of the money used to buy food is spent at restaurants – mainly fast food restaurants” (Schlosser 4). Typical jobs of a housewife, such as cooking and cleaning, are now being done by other industries (Schlosser 4). The men and women of the household no longer have the time or energy after work to prepare a meal, so they turn to the fast food industries to do the job for them. Society today is starting to believe that the American dream can simply be advertised and purchased.
Another social outcome from the fast food industry is that Ronald McDonald, McDonald’s fictional character, is now the second most recognized fictional character behind Santa Claus and some don’t even recognize Jesus Christ (Schlosser 4). The Golden Arches of McDonald’s are now more widely known than the Christian Cross (Schlosser 5). It is these things that are scaring a lot of Americans. Kids recognize and know more fast food companies than they do about school, religion, and other things they may need to know in the future.
The fast food industry has played a role in America’s economy. Fast food restaurants are the leaders in so many different things. They lead in marketing and jobs employed. “The tremendous success of the fast food industry has encouraged other

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