The Big Bad US Farm Bill & The Global Food Crisis


As humans the way we eat and think about food is something that makes us different from the rest of the animal kingdom. For people food is about so much more than carbs and fats and the energy needed to complete tasks throughout the day and survive. Food is a social connector that not only brings groups of people together but can also divide individuals (Lind et al, 2004).

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“We eat for reasons other than taste. Meat and potatoes, apple pie, turkey, grits, tacos, beans and rice, low fat yogurt, veggie-burgers, a Big Mac and fries to go; these foods all carry a symbolic load far heavier than simple nutrition or taste preference can capture. Foods have meanings for us. They signify lifestyle, celebration, and ritual, nutritional concerns, and personal, ethnic, regional and national identities” (Lind et al, 2004: 46).

In 2007 and 2008 this divine right to food, that is so instrumental to the survival of humans both biologically and socially, was stripped away from millions of people around the world as The Global Food crisis began to rip through our international society.

SWEAT!


Forget the untied shoe laces, only wearing one backpack strap, your wheely bookbag and hall monitors from elementary school. Those old school favorites are in the past and should stay there (definitely the wheely book bag, that thing was weird) but it is about time we brought back a staple from our elementary school days, gym class! Working out everyday is a vital ingredient to a healthy lifestyle and should be apart of every person’s daily routine. Just 30 mins of exercise a day can make a huge impact on an individual’s life. Let’s take a look at the benefits you probably didn’t realize you receive from working out daily…. Continue reading

NOMS no more?


It was a somber, rainy day and I was in no mood to do anything but lounge around and stare at the ceiling. After a few hours of pure enjoyment and noticing some spots that could really use a touch up coat of paint I picked up my phone and started looking through old photos, reliving old memories. As I flipped through all my photos, on my phone and subsequently on my computer I started to get very hungry. This hunger was not the result of a lack of food, as I had been munching on snacks all day as I laid around. No, this hunger was the result of an alarming number of photos of delicious food I kept running into in my massive catalogue of photos. Not only did this make me hungry, it really made me question how much time I spend eating and buying food. Continue reading

he said I wasn’t really black cause I had a dad…


“Hold You Down”

Childish Gambino

With dominant vocals and powerful lyrics Childish Gambino explains how the America in which we live is ridden with inequality. Racial differences perpetuated by vastly different socioeconomic status across American society create multiple worlds in which youths live and, in turn, are held down by social norms and societal structure. Gambino takes an aggressive lyrical stance against ways in which our culture portrays black youths and brings attention to this issue. Continue reading

McDonald’s Global Rationalization


McDonald’s Global Rationalization

golden arches

As my parents loaded my brother and me into the car our shrills of excitement grew louder and louder as we drove down the road that would inevitably lead us to the beautiful golden arches of McDonald’s. The red and yellow signage made me smile a 1,000-watt smile and the play place was like reaching nirvana. This fast-food restaurant was the realization of all my childhood dreams and wishes: tasty food, a toy with every meal, free refills of bubbly soda, and a place to take my shoes off and run and play. Those golden arches were a sign of happiness, relief and comfort when I was a child, it meant it was time to eat and play and have fun. Continue reading

The Mcdonaldization of the World


“Food is a complex case. Its consumption is universal, mundane and polyvalent. Everyone eats; most eat several times a day without much reflection; yet the activity is integrally connected with many other highly meaningful aspects of living. It is meaningful because it is social…” (Warde, 1997: 180).

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America’s Waiting Rooms of Death


So apparently I know a lot more about ObamaCare than the blog council or I would have ever thought. Admittedly while I took the online quiz I did guess on a few of the questions but when it was all said and done I got a 6/10. Now that definitely isn’t something to brag about, a 60% is still failing, but I was surprised to see that I was more informed about this policy then I initially thought. Continue reading

The American Dream is Over.


blog post picTo my surprise I was labeled a “Main Street Republican” on the political test we all took. I’ve always considered myself moderate with some conservative ideologies so to be considered so far right by the test really surprised me. Upon looking deeper into the reasons I was labeled this way and reading the Neoliberalism – Why the American Dream is Losing Steam I began to see how an online exam would think I belonged with the likes of Nixon.

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Get Educated on The Origins of the Great Recession (TBTF Film, Blog 5)


The last BC, (Chelsea L, Kamal, Jordi, and Frank) invite you to Blgo prompt 5.

Watch “Too Big To Fail” and answer one of the following.

A) Choose a scene that resonates with you most and create a dialogue in which you have the opportunity to speak with that/those characters. What would you say to them?   Write this as dialogue would appear.  Be creative.
B)  If you or someone you know were personally affected by the failures of the companies featured in the film explain the impact these events had and still have on you today.
C) Do you think this notion of “too big to fail” still exists today based on the findings of the film?
Blogs due Friday at midnight, comments by Sunday.

Blog Police


Welcome to the second blog council review, WOOOH! After meeting with Jordi and Frank we have some nice feedback for you all. Also, we decided to theme this blog review, so think back to your high school days and get ready for some superlatives later in the post. We could tell everyone took the time to watch the play carefully but there were a few points that could use a bit of work…

  • A lot of people’s usernames make it difficult to know who actually wrote the post. Be proud of your posts and change your user name to something more obvious
  • You’re all beautiful people; get a picture so we can look at those hot mugs as we read your thoughts.
  • Ratings! Those stars are there for a reason, use them! It will be really helpful to your classmates to rate the blogs on quality. Don’t be afraid to say something isn’t very good!
  • Page title — we decided it would be fun and interesting if each new blog council picks a new page title that has something to do with the topic.
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Will an Apple a Day Really Keep the Doctor Away?


As I sat and watched Bucknell’s version of “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” I appreciated the way Bucknell approached the story. I mentioned in my earlier blog that I felt that Daisey was wrong to misrepresent his story as fact and that readers should be more aware of the source of their information. I thought the play did a good job of differentiating between what was fact and what was artistic expression or opinion. I also really enjoyed how the history of Apply was intertwined with the Daisey story. I felt like this gave the listener a better understanding of why Apple does business the way it does and also showed the cracks in Daisey’s story.

I thought it was very interesting to see how the play represented Apple. “Being in love with Apple is like being in love with heartbreak.” The play did a good job of exposing Apple for the enigma it really is in the business world. The play makes mention of how Apple tells its consumers what they should want and when they should want it. The example with the iPod mini and nano really made me think about how Apple treats its consumers. Apple has created a cult of followers, considered almost a religion to many but as the play points out, “thats a problem for any religion, when you start to think.” This play really made me think about Apple and its practices, not only in China but how it treats its consumers all over the world.

By chelsealodato Posted in Blog 4

Retraction Reaction


Journalism is not something that Mike Daisey seems to know much about. He seems to have missed the point where journalism needs to be factual and truthful. Mike Daisey is a storyteller and a performer with a profound understanding of how to make a story interesting and to get people to care about a topic. Daisey’s story about Apple and the atrocities at the Foxconn facility are a prime example of storytelling to make a point and change opinions as opposed to actually news reporting.

 

 

While it is upsetting to see that Daisey felt he could not convey an emotional response using real, hard facts I do understand the motivation for falsifying information. It is evident that Daisey was passionate about this topic and the people who have suffered in Chinese work factories but there comes a point where lying to create passion is unethical and changes the motivation for the story.

 

Knowledge is a strange thing because it is so subjective to the amount of information that is disclosed. While Daisey did create fabrications about Foxconn and the workers there was still some truth to what his story told. Full disclosure or a lack of full disclosure can completely alter a story and its effects on a society. Daisey did not give the full story and choose to fabricate different aspects of the story to create a more intense reaction. Daisey’s fabrications and creation of this fact knowledge is unethical because it encouraged so many opinions, even if the intention was an attempt to be noble.  

 

Daisey on Apple


Safety nets, objects that protect you from harm and ensure that if a devastating fall happens to occur you will have a hopefully safe landing at the end of it. We see these at circuses, amazing shows of acrobatic feats and at amusement parts where people scream with joy and wonderment. We also see these at the Foxconn Factory in Shenzhen, China. This is not a center of enjoyment or amazement but rather this is a center that produces and assembles Apple products. And these nets are not there to catch falling factory materials or things of that sort; these nets are there to catch factory workers. Workers who have reach a point where they feel there is nowhere to go but down, down into the concrete that they hope will end their misery. Concrete that may end their 80 hour work weeks in which they never leave the factory and they are forces to sleep on concrete slabs on bedding with 15 other workers who all wish those nets were not there so they could put an end to the pain.

Mike Daisey told the chilling story of what life is like for Chinese workers in Shenzhen and the pain that these individuals endure on a daily basis to provide to the world Apple products. He spoke about the challenges and the troubles these individuals face while the world turns a blind eye. The injustices that these people face are the product of globalization and mass consumerism. The world we live in is so product and want driven that we have lost our sense of humanity and empathy for our fellow human beings. Daisey spoke about how there is an impression of how things are no longer hand made. This comment shows how disconnected the world is from the products we use and purchase. There are factory workers all through out Shenzhen breathing in toxic fumes to clean our iPhone screens, having their arms mangled by a faulty iPad machine and being blacklisted from employment for reporting owed pay checks and unfair hours.

It really is sickening as I sit here on my MacBook Pro and write about these factory workers because I now have a much better understanding of the pain and suffering that went into constructing this technological device. Kathy says at one point, “you hear stories, but you do not think it is going to be so much.” We’ve all heard the stories and have done little to nothing to help but hearing from someone who lives in China herself that she didn’t even know the true extent to which the suffering goes is mind-blowing. I hope that this blog reaches the eyes of someone who does not understand what is going on in places like Shenzhen and Foxconn so that they can take the appropriate steps to making a change happen. As a society we need to stand up to companies like Apple who employ 13 year old girls and force their employees to work at the same station for years at a time, effectively destroying their hands and in turn their opportunity at a future. 

Panera Bread


At the ripe age of sixteen I found myself sitting down in my local Panera Bread, staring back at me was the manager of the store with my work application in hand. This was the moment I had been waiting for since going to the movies or mall on a Friday night became necessities to have a social life, both of which required money I did not have. This was my first job ever and I was more than excited to start working and earning some spending money for myself. As I learned the ropes of being a register girl, a line chef and a dining room service attendant I also started to learn more about Panera Bread as an organization and that education continued as I entered college and talked about the community outreach programs that Panera Bread has enacted and participated in. The Operation Dough-Nation initiative, started in 1992, donates money and food to America’s poor through cash collection boxes and end of day bakery good donations. Panera Bread has made it their social mission to help feed America’s needy and even opened a “pay what you can” restaurant called Panera Cares. Cleary this company has made it apart of their company goals to be socially responsible and give back to the communities in which they operate.

After reading the articles by Ed and Milton I have new insights about Panera’s actions and their way of doing business. Ed and Milton would see Panera Bread as a company that has taken on “social responsibilities” and in turn is actually operating against the normative way a capitalist market functions. By donating its time, product and money to the community Panera Bread is doing exactly what Milton so adamantly spoke against, “…his actions in accord with his “social responsibility” reduce returns to stockholders, he is spending their money.” This is an example of a corporation that operates under a stakeholder management system. By supporting the community Panera Bread adds a personal element that can be considered added value to its consumers who want to help the less fortunate. While this may increase Panera Bread’s business and customer loyalty it does not follow the capitalist model and thus causing conflict for the company from an economic standpoint. As Ed made clear in his article, “…economics counts.” With this in mind it is difficult to form an opinion on Panera’s operations because they are helping the community and increasing customer loyalty, but who appointed them to do this job? There was no election or voting process in which society gave Panera Bread this “responsibility”. Here is a prime example of what Ed and Milton discussed, the misplaced responsibilities of businesses. Responsibility falls in the hands of the individual, not the corporation.