We have all been to a supermarket or store at some point in our lives. Have we found ourselves placing items in the cart that we did not come to buy, and why is that? Is there a reason the products we need are located in the back of the store? Marion Nestle wrote an article entitled, “The Supermarket: Prime Real Estate.” She teaches in the department of nutrition and food studies at New York University. Nestle writes a column regarding food for the San Francisco Chronicle. Shortly after reading the title, one can determine Nestle opposes supermarkets. “Prime Real Estate,” indicates that large supermarkets are feeding grounds for them against unsuspecting customers. Supermarkets can determine what somebody will buy, based on where the store places certain products. The general argument made by Nestle in her work, “The Supermarket: Prime Real Estate, is that supermarkets are taking advantage of our unconscious mind and we are purchasing products on impulse.
Allen Ginsberg's America In Allen Ginsberg’s “America,” the speaker angrily blasts America in a one-sided argument. In this poem America is personified and is addressed by the speaker as if it were human. After calling himself America the speaker asks several rhetorical questions that make the reader think about America’s ethical and moral values while questioning its goals and ambitions. In essence, the speaker presents to the reader those unanswerable questions that neither himself nor him as America are able to answer.
Renee Brooks Catacalos and Kristi Bahrenburg Janzen wrote, “Suburban Foraging: Two Families Eat Only Local,” and found that, “Price comparisons revealed that no one store was cheaper across the board” (120). They wrote this piece to inform others of their journey and some details that weren’t originally on the market. One grocery store in particular,
The supermarket that is described by Michael Pollan in “A Naturalist in the Supermarket,” is one that is distant with nature. We do not know where anything really comes from as he points out. Pollan tells us that supermarkets stages, so that their stores seem to be connected with nature, by displaying fruits, vegetables, and more in front to appeal to our senses. He says that the stores spritz the vegetables with “morning dew”, the only problem is that they are inside, and no morning dew exists. He writes very sarcastic throughout the essay, giving the idea that he does not appreciate how today’s supermarket works. If supermarkets were to follow the three rules that Nicolette Hahn Niman writes in her text, “The Carnivore’s Dilemma”, then the supermarkets could be changed.
Human needs in the past have been satisfied by marketplaces that are community driven. It is then he claims, that the lack of communal intention that makes the Mall of America, and other malls unhealthy and unnatural. Guterson writes that malls void of community, are not marketplaces, but are rather attractions set on profit. The marketing behind the Mall of America is aimed at growing tourism, and making the mall a symbol of America and American culture. This gimmick has proved to be successful as over 700,000 people from foreign countries visit the mall every year (Guterson, 284). The attention the mall is receiving from the rest of the globe suggests that as Guterson writes, “The concept of shopping in a frivolous atmosphere, concocted to loosen consumers’ wallets, is poised to proliferate globally” (Guterson, 284). As American malls continue to be lucrative, the science of controlling shoppers will only become more present around the world. Guterson claims that the fantasy environments that malls create are so powerful that they can inspire addiction to the excitability and pleasures that malls create (Guterson, 284). Guterson warns against the future of megamalls, pointing out the emptiness that they can create inside us. After standing on the roof of the Mall of America, Guterson understands that American culture is not the modern American mall. Rather, it is the fields and farms that
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When you first read Howl, you would think that as a poem it is a bit “all over the place” and “dis-organized” because of how the content is presented. I only say this because that is the impression that I got from it after the first read. But after going over it again, and doing some outside research on it, I found it to be one of the most intricate and interesting poems I’ve ever read. The poem is split up into three different sections, each one having its own theme and subject matter of madness, the defiance of rules and order, and the notion of freedom along with physical and mental confinement. Ginsberg was a very open and free-thinking person, and that to me speaks volumes. I believe that he is a very relatable writer and poet.
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