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Super Size Me Film Essay

646 words - 3 pages

2-23-09
Supersize Me
There are many influences on society today. Michael Novak stated that there were three influences on any society; that being political influences, economic influences, and moral\cultural influences. The moral\cultural influences consists of the "voluntary associations" of a society, like the churches, media, education systems, and the people in this society. This is the particular influence in society that reminds me of the movie called, “Supersize Me.”
As portrayed in the film, there is a multitude of ways in which organizations, such as McDonald’s influence our lives. First they catch you on the tv commercials with jingles that stick in your head, and even years later you are capable of reciting, “ Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.” McDonald’s is also known for the place to have birthday parties. I remember when I was ...view middle of the document...

With people losing their jobs more because of the depression, we can’t afford fancy meals anymore, therefore society resorts to fast food that is cheap.
Knowing that businesses and organizations have the ability of being so influential on our lives is greatly disturbing. For example, the illustration that ninety-six percent of American schoolchildren could identify Ronald McDonald. Also, the only fictional character with a higher degree of recognition was Santa Claus. The impact of McDonald's on the nation's society, economy and even their diet is hard to grasp. Even its corporate symbol, the Golden Arches, is more widely recognized than the Christian cross.
In Ritzer’s McDonaldization of Society, when comparing to the movie, “Supersize Me,” pointed out a couple of good examples in comparison. For example, when talking about efficiency, meaning the fasted method to get from point A to point B, taking the example of McDonald’s customers, it is the fastest way to get from being hungry to being full. Efficiency in McDonaldization means that every aspect of the organization is geared toward the minimization of time. Another example would be calculability, meaning that objective should be quantifiable; sales, rather than subjective; taste. McDonaldization developed the thought that quantity equals quality, and that a large amount of product delivered to the customer in a short amount of time is the same as a high quality product. Like being asked if you would like to supersize your order.
When thinking of groups or organizations that have had the most influence on my life, I think of school, my old soccer team, and my dentist/ orthodontist. School has taught me the academic part that I need in society, and also the social aspect. Without these two characteristics, I wouldn’t be in college right now to continue my growth. My old soccer team taught me competition and how to work together as a group or team. Finally, my dentist/ orthodontist has taught me how to take care of my teeth and keep them healthy. They have also helped me with my social class by correcting my teeth to be straight, therefore letting me fit into society a little bit better.

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