This is Water, was a commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace at Kenyon College in 2005. Ever since this speech has been given it has become well known. Because of the length, it can be hard to read through the speech while trying to understand the whole idea of it. Wallace fills the speech with stories, examples, and vivid ideas while trying to convince these college graduates how to view life in a positive perspective. While this speech is packed full of ideas he manages to give it in a way outside of the norm for commencement speeches. Yet still gets all the information to the graduates and anyone else who listens to it.
Even thought Pete does not show caring emotions, his actions say all the words. For example: Donald said, "Pete do you ever dream about me?" Pete replied with, "What kind of question is that? Of course I don't dream about you." He said untruthfully. (pg.367). This is one of the only parts in this short story that shows the reader a very small part of Pete's soft side. Another example compares in a similar way that Pete does in fact have a connection with his only brother Donald. "There was something wrong with me, and you were helping me out. Taking care of me. Just the two of us. I don't know where everyone else was supposed to be." Pete said. (pg. 369) If someone were to analyze only this part of the story it would portray that in his dream he depended on Donald. When he says it was just the two of them, it gives the reader an idea that was the way it was supposed to be, that Pete didn't need anyone else in the world to help him but only needed the person he could truly rely upon. Dependency is one of the main concealed habits between siblings, not only growing up, but continuously throughout one others life. Another common inconspicuous idiosyncrasy is rivalry.
However, Pete’s need for his brother is not as recognizable as Donald’s need for Pete. In the story, Pete has an addiction to the superficial, materialistic things life has to offer. When questioned what Pete dreams about he says, “Sex and money. Mostly money. A nightmare is when I dream I don’t have any.” Even with the prosperity Pete has he is still not satisfied with riches he has; forcing him to seek after other sources of pleasure, such as skydiving. Pete relies on Donald to show him the true meaning of life. Donald focuses his life on relationships,religion, and helping others, things that disgusts Pete. Pete’s dependency on Donald is symbolised through Pete’s dream: “‘There was something wrong with me, and you were helping out. Taking care of me. Just the two of us. I don’t know where everyone else was supposed to be.’ Pete left it at that. He didn’t tell tell Donald that in this dream he was blind.” The dream symbolises Pete’s blindness to the meaning in life. Donald shows Pete the meaning to life, something Pete is blind to. Without Donald, Pete would be unable to find true happiness in life as he would continuously search for the superficial, temporal things life
Ethos is when an author uses credibility and authority to persuade you in to believe what he is stating. Feine does this by referring to reliable resources such as the book, Golden Arches East by James Watson and by Reason Magazine, Nick Gillespie. He also uses an anti McDonald's website called, McSpotlight. By using these references, he establishes authority in the writing. These references help to advance his credibility in his article. Because of his credibility, the readers know that this author can be acknowledged. Not only does Feine use references, but also statistics and facts, as well. In this article, Feine mentions how 43 percent of the world's fast food market is controlled by McDonalds, thus advancing his credibility even more by stating a statistic.
McDonalds is one of the biggest fast food companies in the market share today. It has been running in over 119 countries, as well as they have acquired over 31,000 restaurants in the world now. McDonald’s brand mission is to be customers’ favourite place and way to eat, they are aligned around a global strategy called the ‘Plan to Win’, they also committed to continuously improving their operations and enhancing their customers’ experience. As we all know that McDonald’s had successfully achieved their goal through out the years. (aboutmcdonald’s, 2012) Apart from this, as McDonald’s is a worldwide company, they also had the social responsibility to return the community; therefore, the ‘Ronald McDonald House Charities’ was
Thirdly, “The Rich Brother” Pete feels he is responsible for his brother after his parent’s death. He thinks that Donald is hard to handle since he sees the goodness in every people and could be easily be fooled. In the article,
First of all, Pete is living an enjoyable life, “at the age of forty Pete took up sky diving” with two of his friends. (Wolff 324) He is doing things that he describes as “mystical” and he doesn’t have to worry about how much it costs. (Wolff 324) The most adventurous thing that Donald did was “live on a farm outside Paso Robles”. (Wolff 324) Donald worries each time Pete lends him money and is always “worrying about everyone else’s [soul]” because of how religious he is. (Wolff 324) One prime example of this is when Donald gave Webster, a stranger that hitched a ride with them, the money that Pete had given him. Donald worried about Webster’s life instead
There were love and sympathy within them. When Donald struggled with financial, Pete was always there for his brother despite all the spitefulness that they had for each other when they were young. Pete was a person who is rich by heart and a soulful person. “Pete, could I borrow a couple of dollars?” (326). By saying Pete always being with his brother, Donald, it was always a matter of money instead of asking help for finding jobs opportunity nor a stable life. In spite of all the problems that Donald has brought to Pete, Pete would always give out a hand to his brother. “ I only have one brother, and that’s enough” (325). Although there were misunderstanding while growing up, all they have was each other. That is what kept Pete being such a soulful and rich in heart. By saying that having one brother is enough, it significantly shows that regardless of the wealth that he had, it would always be enough for him. This is the kind of richness that Pete has. He was rich in a way of money but most importantly, he was rich by
It has allowed him to have friends that aren’t jealous of his wealth. Wolf writes that Pete has “friends doing well enough in their own lives not to wish bad luck on him” (391).
In my opinion, I idolized this book. This book really knows how to make your stomach turn! I thought that this book was a great perspective book about the pessimistic side of the fast food industry. This book makes you think twice before eating fast food. It taught me the negative side of fast food. For example, it taught me that too much of something can cause harm not only to your health but to your daily life. No one knows what’s in their stomach after taking a bite of a delicious McDonalds’ hamburger. Eric Schlosser convinced me with his strong arguments, engaging and informative content that health comes first. My favorite part of the book was his section on the flavors, colors and smells of processed food provided by "natural flavor,"
George Ritzer, in his book The McDonaldization of Society, has given a good understanding of the kind of world we live in. He describes the concept of McDonaldization, which is the process in which the principles that form the basis of McDonalds are greatly influencing the rest of society. McDonalds runs its business on the following key elements: efficiency, calculability, predictability and control by non-human technologies. A fifth element, which Ritzer perceives as a disadvantage of McDonaldization, is the irrationality of rationality. This is the idea that a society which is based entirely on rationality is not a normal human society because humans are not
He seemed to be doing better than Maggie, and could provide a way to a better life. Pete showers attention upon Maggie, leading her to believe that he is genuinely interested in her. Sadly for Maggie, Pete is not what he seems to be. He works in a bar, and regales Jimmie and Maggie with tales of the fights he got into at his job (Crane 969). His attitude is one of fighting, and he’s proud of that fact, which a reader would be hesitant to trust. Even his shoes are described as “[looking] like murder-fitted weapons” (Crane 967), which seems to scream that he’s not a man that is going to do better. Maggie doesn’t realize this, though, when she must decide whether to go with him or stay home after the battle of her mother and brother. For her, it’s either a chance to remain the way she’s always been, or the possibility of improvement. She chooses Pete, which leads her to the downward spiral ending with prostitution and death. Maggie could have avoided this by saying no and staying home. Her life may not have led to grandeur, and instead meant a life in a terrible factory, full of monotony and unhappiness, but it would have kept her away from the awful place she ends in. Even if neither option was fabulous, she did have a choice.
George Ritzer describes McDonaldization as “the process by which the principles of the fast-food restaurant are coming to dominate more and more sectors of American society as well as the rest of the world”. McDonaldization is the idea that our society is becoming more efficient and more fast paced. Rational systems can be defined as “unreasonable, dehumanizing systems that deny the humanity, the human reason, of the people who work within them or are served by them”.1 Today there are many types of businesses that are increasingly adapting the same values and principles of the fast-food industry to their needs. Rational systems are dehumanizing our society and seem to be even more irrational than convenient. “Almost every aspect of
The famous slogan “I’m Lovin’ it” of the popular fast-food chain McDonald’s is sung on TV advertisements and posted on giant billboards on roads and highways all throughout the United States. But what are individuals really saying when they watch these advertisements and sing along to its catch phrase? McDonald’s famous slogan, ever present in the daily lives of the individuals and TV jingles of the world, is used to represent, interpellate, and progress a complex set of ideologies that benefit the bourgeoisie onto lower classes, impacting not only their beliefs, behaviors, and views, but also society as a whole in a manner that is not always evident to the average, unassuming person. The company strategically markets its products to interpellate consumers to accept that men hold a power over the bodies of women, food leads to happiness, and that working hard for others will allow an individual to become successful.