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The Decay of the American Culture - Anxiety and affluence are terms that are often applied to the post war decades in an attempt to define them. The newfound wealth that Americans enjoyed after World War II wrought changes on the American social landscape that many may not have been able to predict. The push for heavy consumerism that accompanied the sudden upswing of the U.S. economy gave way to concerns about the decay of moral character in the American home. Increasingly filled with anxieties over the ever-present threat of Communism, which most Americans were aware was an issue they themselves could do little about, the population instead turned towards new distractions, such as television, to attempt to reclaim some sense...   [tags: American Culture]
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Hispanic American Culture Dance - Hispanic American community are rooted from their origins in Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Spanish speaking countries that have come together and form a culture in the United State of America. The culture is built in different categories; for instance, religion, social custom, health practices their privacy, and birth. They come from a comprehensive familiar culture that has been called the second in America. Because of their pride and affection they feel unsafe to give up their past. Their notoriety in the United State has been their resistance to assimilate; their guarded image of Hispanic-American culture has been the tongue of flame....   [tags: Hispanic, American, Culture, Dancing, ] 925 words
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Contemporary American Culture and Materialism - Throughout the semester we have covered many different topics during our study of contemporary American culture. We studied topics relating to our everyday lives such as, relationships, life habits, work, and school. The various readings, films, and discussions during class have helped me reflect upon my life. I would like to elaborate and focus on the aspects of this class that directly influence the way I see the world today. Before I took this course my mental image of materialism, happiness, and love were entirely different....   [tags: contemporary American culture, culture, USA, mater] 866 words
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American Culture's Infatuation with Fast Food - Near the core of American culture that dearly loves liberty, lies its love for fast food and all that it offers. The fast food industry was initially created as a moneymaking enterprise that marketed itself as a time effective source of food, but over the years it has strayed from its marketing promise to save Americans’ time. Many Americans are regulars at one, or more, of the numerous fast food restaurants in the United States, because they want to save valuable time that otherwise would be squandered in the kitchen....   [tags: American Culture, Health Risk, Marketing]
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How Divorce is Affecting the American Culture - The effects of divorce on the American culture are immense. Social scientists have been studying these effects for many years now. The studies are continuing to confirm that the climbing rate of divorce in the American culture is hurting the society and also frequently devastating the lives of many American children. There are many areas in which divorce has a negative effect in the life of a child or an adult. Many of these effects also directly correlate to the effect on a society. However, there is hope....   [tags: Divorce, American Culture, USA, marriage, children]
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Sara Smolinsky and Cultural Pluralism in Jewish-American Culture - George Schuyler’s article “The Negro Art Hokum” argues that the notion of African-American culture as separate from national American culture is nonsense. To Schuyler, all seemingly distinct elements of African-American culture and artistic endeavors from such are influenced by the dominant white American culture, and therefore, only American. The merit of Schuyler’s argument stems from the fact that it is practically impossible for one culture to exist within the confines of another without absorbing certain characteristics....   [tags: Literature, American Culture] 1184 words
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Challenging the Modernity of American Culture: The Howl by Allen Ginsberg - In the poem Howl, Allen Ginsberg challenges the modernity of American culture, which enforces the “best minds” (1) to give up their freedom to conform to the desired sense of normality. Ginsberg states “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked/ dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix” (9). His expression of Moloch The angry fix is what all of these “best minds” look for after being stripped of their freedom to conform to the new American culture after World War II....   [tags: american culture, freedom]
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Misunderstandings of a Foreigner in American Culture - I still remember the shock I got when I first moved here. What a terribly superficial culture this country has, I thought. The way people treat each other, especially in conversations. At the beginning they ask you: "How are you?" But beware. They don't really want to know how you are, and if you make the mistake of actually giving them a detailed account of your well-being, they'll shun you for weeks. On the other hand, you're required to immediately embrace all new acquaintances with the standard "Nice to meet you." Maybe you weren't even in the mood to meet somebody at this particular moment, and if she or he turns out to be just another perfectly intolerable human being, then you lied to...   [tags: American Culture]
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Impatience and The Death of American Culture - Earth, with all of her wondrous splendor and magnificent awe, is a land of patience. It took more than 4.5 billion years for the world to evolve into its current state. Yet, it took only several hundred years for humans to deface and destroy much of that beauty. A logical question would be how can human beings, a product of nature, be so destructive to their own mother. A close examination, however, reveals the root behind the heinously destructive behavior that has so pitifully defined human history....   [tags: Dying American Culture 2014]
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Evil Eye and Curanderismo in the Mexican-American Culture - Curanderismo or traditional folk healing in Mexican culture is a very ancient belief system. Curanderismo comes from the word curar which literally means to heal. The founding fathers (predecessors) are considered Don Pedrito Jaramillo, Teresita, and Niño Fidencio. These people were not all from the same time period (era) the common belief shared was to rid the patient as he or she is called of an illness whose roots come from evil or evil doing done (performed) by someone else. This system of belief is not to be confused with brujeria or witchcraft as that is an entirely other belief system with its own credos....   [tags: Mexican-American culture, traditional folk healing]
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American Culture and Patriotism after World War Two - As a result of the war, America felt a new patriotism. As the wealth of the country increased the people were inclined to celebrate their success. They also celebrated having a much easier life than in comparison to the hardship and compromises of the war years. This was evident in the products that were designed to save Americans time and effort. There was advertising particularly aimed at women in the home household products. The consumerist beliefs were perpetuated by the mass media, radio, television, cinema and print media....   [tags: American Culture, World War II, USA, patriotism, ] 489 words
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Consumption in American Culture at the End of History - Consumption in American Culture at the End of History In the novel Brave New World , the denizens of Aldous Huxley’s dystopia live in a rigidly structured consumer culture. From young ages, they are conditioned to hate the outdoors so that as adults they will prefer activities that require large amounts of manufactured products and long trips that utilize the maximum amount of infrastructure. That is what keeps the world humming, and there are important similarities between Huxley’s vision of social control through pleasure and the rigid policing of tastes, activities, and consumption in our own 21st century culture....   [tags: American History Culture Cultural Papers] 1815 words
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Baseball and American Popular Culture - Baseball is an integral part of American pop culture. Many Americans grow up with baseball, playing it before they can even count all the bases. It is glorified, taught, and fed to us. When we play baseball, we find a respect for the game. The respect we gain from playing it has turned the game into a tradition of American culture. It has formed itself into the business of professional baseball, namely major league baseball. Professional players have become recognized all over the world. They are sought out and admired by fans....   [tags: Baseball Sports Athletics American Culture Essays] 1519 words
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The Numbing of the American Mind: Culture as Anesthetic - ENLIGHTENED SURRENDER How many essays have been written about American culture. How many books dedicated to the intense scrutiny of every aspect of our modern society. Countless thoughts, countless theories—many of them lost in the very chaos that the authors spent 300 pages explaining. There are always solutions, which their creators seem entirely convinced will solve this mess, but the truth is that these ideas are often impractical and unrealistic. But no one writes an entire book complaining without offering us something at the conclusion....   [tags: Thomas de Zengotita American Culture]
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Permanent Impact Of The Counter-Culture On Today's American Society - "What is not illusionary is the reality of a new culture of opposition. It grows out of the disintegration of the old forms, vinyl and aerosol institutions that carry all the inane and destructive values of privatism; competition, commercialism, profitability and elitism…It's not a "youth thing" by now but a generational event; chronological age is the only current phase". The previous quote was written by Andrew Kopkind in Rolling Stone on the Woodstock festival observing that a new culture was immersing from the roots of the adult American life (1960's 198)....   [tags: American Culture] 1918 words
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Music and the American Culture - Music has played a vital role in human culture and evidence based on archaeological sites can date it back to prehistoric times. It can be traced through almost all civilizations in one form or another. As time has progressed so has the music and the influences it has on people. Music is an important part of popular culture throughout the world, but it is especially popular in the United States. The music industry here is, and has been, a multi-million dollar business that continues to play an important role in American popular culture....   [tags: Culture ]
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Canadian Culture vs American Culture - Although Canada and the United States share the same continent, they are divided by their unique ideas and views. After WWI ,Canada broke its ties with Britain and new independent nation was born with a unique culture. This new culture developed through the Canadian citizens. As a Canadian citizen, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie helped achieve autonomy from Britain and solidify national unity at home. Canadian inventor ,Fredrick Banting ,maintained his culture as Canadian and contributed to the world through his invention of insulin....   [tags: Culture ]
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Shopping For American Culture - When James J. Farrell, professor of history, American studies, and American conversations at St. Olaf College wrote his article “Shopping for American Culture,” there were more malls than high schools within the United States. Malls were also generating more than 46.6 billion dollars in sales tax, which is “almost half of all state tax revenue.”1 Farrell recognizes these statements in the introduction of his article. In fact, he uses these statistics and determines that because of the population going to malls, shopping centers accurately reflect American culture....   [tags: Culture]
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Assimilating into American Culture - Immigration and assimilation is a divisive topic that has been heavily debated in America ever since we became a country. There are two stories that explore the assimilation issue from different viewpoints’; in Mary Pipher’s story; “The Beautiful Laughing Sisters – An Arrival Story”; provides the viewpoint of immigrants leaving a hostile home for America. Elizabeth Wong details her journey to break with her culture and become Americanized in, “The Struggle to be an all American girl.” and (McWhorter, 2010 pp522-529)....   [tags: Culture ] 1202 words
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African American Culture in the Americas - ... However, not all of this wonderful music was met with praises, as some southern states had forbidden drums, or beats for fear that it would cause a rebellion among the slaves (Sambol-Tosco). Even so, the exceptional melodies that the African Americans had created had a truly lasting impact in the future of all American music (Sambol-Tosco). Many of the slaves had used music as a way of conveying their emotions like through ring shouts and spirituals, where they often shared their joy and hope, or pain and sorrow (Sambol-Tosco)....   [tags: Africa, ditinctive culture, sounds, music]
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American Culture - America has been known to be a successful and free country. Through popular music, art, film and literature, we can discern that American identity is defined as being based on freedoms within the country, helping others and treating everyone as equals. One means of experiencing American culture is, the movie, The Blind Side, shows what it means to be an American by telling a story of helping others and treating everyone as equals. The movie is about a seventeen year old African-American boy, named Michael Ohr, who is homeless and has drifted in and out of the school system for years....   [tags: Culture ]
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Views of American Culture - “Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgement, repeated every day” (Rohn1). Viewing pop culture it is common to see people who are being judged. These people are judged and put down in harsh ways, most frequently these stars are doing simple things that the average person would do.Is it so abnormal for a young woman in her twenties to drink. The legal drinking age is twenty-one. Is it so bad that people lose control of things occasionally under stress....   [tags: pop culture, egoism, relativism]
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The Evolution of American Culture - The American culture has changed so much in the last10 years. People’s moral values are below normal standards, and the older generation is outraged and distributed by the way things are being handling in today’s society. In Chapter 1, Wilson defined popular culture as “the culture of everyone in a society, and the customs and practices handed down from generation to generation” (Wilson, 2001). In order to understand American culture, one must have knowledge of the history and the tradition of the country....   [tags: American History, Sociology, Cultural] 438 words
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Exposing Muslim Youth to American Culture - ... At the end of the day, only the strong Muslims, who carry their Islamic faith in their hearts, survive. The influence of the liberal culture stands as an inevitable reality of life in the United States. In the process of developing and crafting their identity in high school, Muslims face a prodigious challenge as they strive to respect and live by the core values of Islam, but their environment, in a place where more and more people are becoming secular and losing their sense of morals, is immensely influencing the way they live and leading to the collapse of their Islamic fundamentals....   [tags: culture, entertainment, social networking] 834 words
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The American Culture - Have you ever noticed the different policies and influences that have affected you and the generations before you. The American culture and influences have changed greatly over time. I believe that the policies and influences of American culture have changed since John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton John F. Kennedy or as many people called him “Jack” was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts in a large and wealthy family with 9 other brothers and sisters. Growing up John was very sick and was in the the hospital for a long period of time....   [tags: republicans, kennedy, clinton]
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American vs. Japanese Culture - Psychological anthropology is the study of individuals and their personalities and identities, within particular cultural contexts. In this paper I will identify two different cultures in the world which are the American and Japanese. Then, I will examine their traditions through various life cycles. Based on the behaviors, customs, and beliefs of each of the two cultures, I will discuss how personalities and identities are formed and shaped within the two different cultures. Finally, I will be giving two specific examples for each of the selected cultures....   [tags: Culture]
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Influence of Jazz on American Culture - Influence of Jazz on American Culture Now a days, many believe that jazz is not that important of music genre, but with our history, jazz plays a big role. “Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but it is a gift that America has given to the world.”, quoted by Ahmad Alaadeen. Jazz in the 1920’s opened the eyes of whites and invited them into African American culture; it evolved Americans to where we are today since it brought a change to the music scene, an acceptance of African Americans, and a change of lifestyles....   [tags: music, african americans, genres] 1953 words
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Asian and American Culture in an American Society - ... It would therefore come as an astounding revelation to many when they realise that the majority of Asian-Americans are similar to Americans in that they profess a monotheistic view in religion. The three biggest monotheistic religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism began in Asia. Tradition hold that Christianity was brought to India in as early as the first century A.D by Jesus’ disciple, the Apostle Thomas. Another major similarity within both Asian-American and American culture is the priority given to education....   [tags: western, large-scale immigration] 704 words
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Resistance To The Modernity of American Culture - In the poem Howl, Allen Ginsberg challenges the political modernity of American culture that enforces the “best minds” to give up their freedom to gain the desired sense of normalcy that is glorified. He states “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked/dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix” (Ginsberg 9). That angry fix that he describes is what all of these “best minds” look for after being striped of their freedom to conform to the new American culture after World War II....   [tags: literary analysis, howl, allen ginsberg]
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The Effects of MTV on American Culture - ... With death-defying stunts and crazy antics, Knoxville and his crew fashioned the ideology that pop culture was no longer satisfied with live TV shows and music videos. Shows such as Jackass promote instability in subscriber’s minds (which happen to be early teens to young adults) by portraying idiotic acts of pure suicidal dangerousness. This instability has become increasingly evident in today’s culture in the show Ridiculousness, also an MTV sponsored production mimicking America’s Funniest Videos....   [tags: reality TV, promotion of iappropriate content]
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The Influence on the Beatles on American Culture - The Beatles were more than their music. They influenced the lives of millions of people unlike any musicians before them. They were the first and most popular band in one of the most important music movements in American history, the British Invasion. The year 1964 was the year both the British Invasion and “Beatlemania” came to America and forever changed the landscape of music in the United States by introducing the genre of pop, as it is today. The Beatles changed the rules of music....   [tags: The British Invasion]
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Advertising in the Media and The American Culture - ... However, this man definitely does not appear to care at all. The man walks down the beach with extreme confidence and is very comfortable in what he is wearing. This relates to the slogan of the commercial as well which is 'Whatever's comfortable' and is even placed in his drink as a decoration, waving in stride. This ad basically says to be yourself and wear the skin your in with confidence no matter how old or out of shape you are and should appeal to both men and women of any social class because of human's natural insecurities with age and appearance....   [tags: humor and irony, happiness, satsifaction] 1546 words
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The Effects of Divorce in American Culture - The effects of divorce on the American culture are immense. Social scientists have been studying these effects for many years now. The studies are continuing to confirm that the climbing rate of divorce in the American culture is hurting the society and also frequently devastating the lives of many American children. More often than not people decide to get a divorce before they really think about the effects of divorce. People usually decide to get a divorce based on emotion rather than logic which can hinder their long term happiness....   [tags: child and family studies]
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The Importance of Nursing in American Culture - The Importance of Nursing in American Culture Nursing is a field of work that so many people find themselves fascinated with, as well as harboring a degree of respect. We look to nurses with a sense of admiration and reverence, and look to them for security in times of need. What makes nursing such a desirable and enthralling field to other people. Despite the fact that doctors are normally under the spotlight, nursing is of profound importance in American culture. Nurses provide comfort and security, as well as a knowledge of medical aid....   [tags: healthcare, nurses, comfort, security]
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Romanticism Is Essential to the American Culture - ... Basically being self aware. According the romantic theory self and nature was known as one. It was a time that redefined the idea of “self”. One of the most important points of Romanticism is through the fights between good and evil throughout the characters. The evil individual being Chillingworth in the novel, The Scarlet Letter is the husband of Hester Payne. Throughout the story all he seems to be doing is causing trouble. “It was better to stand thus, with so many betwixt him and her, than to greet him, face to face, they two alone....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne] 966 words
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The Danger of Homophobia in American Culture - Homophobia has been a problem for a very long time, all across the world. For example, during the Holocaust, in which homosexuals were forced to wear the “Pink Triangle”, a pink, upside down triangle, on his or her coat for identification. Of course, the pattern of homophobia is not only shown throughout world history, but American history as well. For example, sodomy laws, laws that rule certain sexual acts as crimes, were established as early as 1963. The penalty for these laws varied from state to state....   [tags: encouraging bullying and hate crimes]
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The American Culture of the 1950s - As World War Two came to a close, a new American culture was developing all across the United States. Families were moving away from crowded cities into spacious suburban towns to help create a better life for them during and after the baby boom of the post-war era. Teenagers were starting to become independent by listing to their own music and not wearing the same style of clothing as their parents. Aside from the progress of society that was made during this time period, many people still did not discuss controversial issues such as divorce and sexual relations between young people....   [tags: U.S. History ]
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The Ethnocentric Society of American Culture - ... Interestingly enough, according to Newman, the upper class consists of only “the highest 5% of the U.S. population” (page 329). This makes me wonder if the majority of us aren’t in the upper class than why is our society so obsessed with advertising things that seem to be upper class. It could be because our culture sees money as having power. An example, of how obsessed our culture advertising for the upper class is: One of the Cosmopolitan advertisements was about the “fragrance” Estee Lauder with a white female....   [tags: race, money, magnazines, ourselves] 987 words
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Native North American Culture and Its Demise - A topic specifically examined in Chapter 4 in section 4.4 is the conflict between the European colonizers and the indigenous people of the lands they conquered. The conflict between the two vastly different groups is the notion of religion and culture. Europeans could not tolerate the practice of non-Christian religions in their newly conquered lands and began to oppress the ethnic groups and destroy the cultures of the conquered. Specifically, in North America many Native ethnic groups’ cultures were destroyed by British, French and Dutch colonizers....   [tags: religion, culture, groups, conflict] 565 words
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Entertainment that Shape American Culture - ... Reality TV stars and celebrities alike have been placed in limelight acting as role models to not only the youth, but society as a whole. This is an example of the negative influences that entertainment can have as it leads people to hold unrealistic standards and expectations for themselves and others. Some may feel that the entertainment industry makes glamourizes immoral behaviors, making them look fun and harmless. The focus on fitting in and on appearance in the entertainment business have heavily impacted the way our society is today, by promoting the need to be a certain way, both in physical physique and behavior....   [tags: reality t.v., gladiators] 829 words
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Superheroes in North American Culture - Look at any youthful youngster's shirt or lunchbox, and there is a great chance it is the substance of some kind of superhero. Take a gander at the motion picture theaters and there is a great risk that a film around a superhero has been discharged as of late. These superheroes are all over in American culture, so what effect do they have on mainstream society, TV, silver screen, and the adolescent of America. The response to this inquiry might be found through an investigation of the histories of Batman and Superman, two of the best superheroes ever....   [tags: Society, Batman, Superman] 515 words
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Monogamy and the American Culture - Currently, by definition and tradition, we are living in an American society that sees itself as predominantly monogamous. However, this monogamous society has increasingly been filled with cheating, unfaithful, and overall promiscuous individual. As of today, 57% of American males and 54% of American females, admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve (Glass) So what exactly happen to the ideology of monogamy in America. What has happen to the system of having only one partner at any specific time....   [tags: monogamy, relationship, dying] 1068 words
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American Culture: The N Word - ... Regardless of its history, the word became established as a derogative name in the early 1800s. Although many ethnic groups have been victimized by racial slurs, none have endured as much hate and nicknames as people of dark skin in America: coon, pickaninny, jigaboo, buckwheat, mammy, samba, and savage to name a few. These names became normalized social descriptions of blacks in America. Such as the white man shown who played a man of color in a film and was identified as the “coon”. Take notice to the exaggerated lip painting and how he mockingly pokes them out....   [tags: transformation, history, skin color] 1052 words
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Cryptid Animals in American Culture - Cryptid Animals Maybe, one time you were camping in the woods. You saw something, lurking in the woods. You saw something unlike anything you’ve ever seen before in your life. You think it looked like the legendary Bigfoot. You know, the one you watched those Animal Planet shows on. You didn’t really believe what those guys were saying. You thought those guys were just talking crazy for thinking it was real. Maybe one time, you were on the lake. You saw something that looked like a log, swimming across the lake....   [tags: Bigfoot, chupacabras]
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The Great American Culture - The American culture was brought about by the British in the 1600s, and since then the culture has adapted and rejected certain concepts. These acceptances and rejections have built what is now one of the largest growing countries in the world. Although one may think that American culture is a combination of freedom, diversity, and acceptance-- the horrifying fundamentals that truly portray the culture of the so called, “Land of the free” consist of beauty, corruption, and greed. These overwhelming fundamentals are commonly portrayed through Victoria Secret models, money, and awards....   [tags: land of the free, money, awards]
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Overview of African-American Culture - Being a resident of South Carolina, African-American Culture was chosen as part of the applied learning project for the Intercultural Nursing class, because African-Americans make up more than a quarter of this state’s population. According to the 2010 United States Census Bureau, the total population for South Carolina (S.C.) is 4,625,364, with 27.9% being of African-American descent. The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding and sensitivity to issues and cultural variances or phenomena that are unique to the African-American Culture....   [tags: Black History]
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Sexism in American Culture - When turning on the TV, a car commercial appears with men justifying driving an expensive and powerful sports car by complaining about what females in their lives require. Though women slowly gain economic power, the media never represents them as leaders thus reflecting American culture’s view of women. Sexism prevails in American culture and workforce, teaching sexism while denying its presence. Americans must shift their culture to impede sexism because it oppresses women. Media, one of the most influential reflections of culture, under represents women and displays them in stereotypical positions....   [tags: Gender Studies, argumentative, persuasive]
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The Changing American Culture - The vast political and cultural differences impacting American society are becoming increasingly liberal with each passing generation . The proves that the American culture is becoming more liberal with each new generation . The vast differences in the administrations and policies of Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, show the radical changes that have occurred in American culture over the last generation. Unlike many previous presidents, Ronald Reagan viewed government and regulation as the source of our economic problems and not the solution....   [tags: ronald reegan, taxes, barack obama, economics]
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Comparing American Culture and Latino Culture - Introduction Frequently, we do not put too much attention to our own cultural values and traditions until we are exposed to a different culture, and start comparing. In order to have a more productive and fruitful life I believe we need to become more self-aware and more sensitive to the culturally and ethnically diverse community we live in. Two cultures that have been sharing the same living space for centuries are the Hispanic and American culture. In this paper I would be analyzing each culture giving a brief background and pointing out some aspects in how they differ, like the perception of time, family, orientation, and others....   [tags: compare contrast]
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William Carlos Williams and the New American Culture - William Carlos Williams' poetry suggest two philosophies he had during his life. While not these ideas are not contrary, they also are not wholly supportive of one another. The first is his rejection of the American Dream – the belief that hard work will lead to success. It is important, with regard to the American Dream, to note Williams' own success within the framework of American society. The second goal seems to be an attempt to create a new, complete, American Culture. As a member of the modernist movement, Williams stands apart from many of his contemporaries not because he was radically different, but because of his approach to literature....   [tags: william carlos, american dream, american poetry]
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American Culture in the 1920's - During the 1920’s sometimes referred to as the "Jazz Age", America was taking its last final steps from the traditional period to new era of modernization. It was a time in which American popular culture reshaped itself in response to the urban, industrial, consumer- oriented society America was becoming (Brinkley 641). In this reshape two sides stood in defense of their beliefs, the traditionalist who wanted America to stay the same or go back to the way it was. Rebelling against the new customs and morals of the urban middle class, they sought to defend older values....   [tags: American History] 1138 words
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To Be An American - To Be An American The United States is a nation full of millions of different types of people. However, each of those people has one major thing in common; they are all Americans. Many people wonder what it takes to be a true American, but the answer is something not so difficult to determine. Essentially, being an American means to show patriotism and pride of the country, to be very fortunate compared to other countries, and unfortunately, to show a lack of appreciation for all the great things America provides....   [tags: American Culture] 946 words
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Mexican American Culture - ... After this experience she has reverted to only seeing a western doctor if she is extremely ill. Consequently, she continues to see a healer, she states “she has more trust and faith in these individuals than American doctors” (Landale et al., 2006). The Spanish language of Mexican Americans has continued to dominate their population regardless of the pressures to conform to an all English speaking vocabulary. Although, many are bilingual in today’s society, they have not abandoned their native language (Englekirk & Marin, 2014)....   [tags: beliefs, values, identity] 1670 words
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Native American Culture - Overview “Perhaps there is no other group in the world that has quite so diverse and rich culture as that of the Native Americans. With their gilded history that is rich in strife, struggle, and triumph, the Native American culture is indeed very colorful” (Bantwal). Native American culture is very diverse and it has a very colorful history. It is extremely diverse and in fact the term Native American is a broad term that is used to cover all Native tribes in America. Throughout history there has been conflict not only among the different tribes but also there was plenty of fighting against the white men....   [tags: communication, tribes, alaska]
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Taking a Look at the Indian-American Culture - The Indian-American culture includes all goods and services (tangible and intangible) that India and America share with each other. Historically, before India’s independence from the British Indian Empire in 1947, people mistakenly essentialized India and America’s cultures to traditions from the East and West, respectively. The East (including India) was thought to follow old and traditional customs, while the West (containing America) was believed to pursue new and modern customs. Thus, the initial Indian-American culture between the two countries prior to 1947 only encompassed the conventional tangible goods that they traded with each other (such as spices and slaves)....   [tags: customs, traditions, goods and services] 1370 words
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The power of Film in Modern American Culture - The power of film is immense in modern American culture. The symbols and identity’s created in these films has proven to possess a lasting impact shaping in new cultures. Film has not failed to accomplish this using the motorcycle. Although a controversial image the motorcycle possesses a strong identity of freedom and brotherhood creating an individual counterculture. The freedom represented by the motorcycle contradicts previous connotations and transforms our definition of freedom. The motorcycle also provides a cultural identity of rebellion and brotherhood....   [tags: motorcycle, the wild one, harley davidson]
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The Influence of the Media on American Culture - The media has been a part of the daily life of the American people for the longest time, because of this fact, the media influences the decisions and views of how people should live. One big part of the media that tends to start to develop a sense of how the day-to-day American should live is Disney. Since kids are the main source of Disney’s billion dollar industry children have become an important dimension of the social theory (Giroux 1999: 65). “Within this context, television emerges as a consumer-oriented medium that reflects advertisers’ desire to reach a young, upscale, and primarily White audience” (Goodale1999; Henderson and Baldasty 2003: 100)....   [tags: Media Influence Essays]
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American Culture: Religion and the Romanticism Movement - ... At the time, virtual concepts such as art, nature, and almost all things that involved emotion expanded rapidly. Romantic artists often viewed violence as an embodiment of nature and expressiveness. From the eighteenth-century to the nineteenth-century, the power of nature was thought of as the most powerful possession the world had to offer. Through literature and more importantly, graphic arts, innovations were rendering. As stated in America: A Narrative History, “Romanticism was flowering in virtually every area of American cultural life—in poetry, in fiction, in art....   [tags: diversity, philosphical analysis]
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The Evolution of Competitive Swimming in American Culture - The regular person thinks that swimming isn’t really complex. One person just swims down and back and thats it. Nothing else, nothing more deep into the sport and nothing really changed about it either. But how has swimming changed as a sport in the last 50 years. The sport has changed so much throughout the last 50 years because what the American people are doing to improve the sport. Swimming has been almost the same sport since the 60’s-70’s, but things that have changed are the swimmers, technique of strokes and the technology of the sport which in turn reflects that American culture has evolved in technology and skills in America....   [tags: Spitz, Sports, Phelps]
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Film and Its Impact on the American Culture - ... Each one was hooked up to a trip wire so when the horse tripped them the camera takes a photo of the horses hooves. Later in 1888 George Eastman designed a still camera that produces film onto sensitized paper. In 1889 Thomas Edison with his assistant W.K.L Dickson obtain some of Eastman’s film and begins working on making a better camera. In 1891 their design is ready for patenting and demonstrations, by cutting Eastman film into several inch wide strips and punching 4 holes in each side of the frame Edison and Dickson were able to have toothed gears pull the film through the camera allowing for a more efficient “moving” view....   [tags: history of movies] 1061 words
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The Impact of Automation on American Culture - A few decades ago, the dream of nearly every American was to one day own a car. In present age, this dream has become a reality for the majority of the population. A 2001 report released by the Energy Information Administration showed that on average America alone has approximately 1.79 cars per household ("Household vehicles energy," 2005).With all of the luxuries and technologies that are made available for Americans, the United States has proven that they are one of the most advanced nations in the world....   [tags: Technology]
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Mexican American Culture: The Film Selena - To help me understand and analyze a different culture, I watched the film Selena. The film tells the life story of the famous singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Not only does it just tell personal stories from her life, it also gives insight to the Mexican-American culture. Her whole life she lived in the United States, specifically in Texas, but was Hispanic and because of that both her and her family faced more struggles than white singers on the climb to her success. Even though the film is a story about a specific person, it brought understanding into the culture in which she lived....   [tags: family, marriage, music]
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Elvis Presley's Influene on American Culture - ... A black southerner in the late 1980s even captured that sentiment “to talk to Presley about blacks was like talking to Hitler about Jews”. In 1957 a magazine printed a lie about Elvis, they accused him of being vulgar and of being deliberately sexual, but they did not mean this. This was a cover up for what was really feared and it was that Elvis would soon lead, through his music, equal rights and racial integration. Sammy Davis jr. once said “I have a respect for Elvis and my friendship, it ain’t my business what he did in private....   [tags: the King of Rock and Roll] 1037 words
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Elvis Presley's Influence on American Culture - Elvis Presley is one of the biggest names in rock and roll. Singer, musician and actor he was an American icon. He is best known as the King of Rock and Roll. His musical influence included the country and pop music of the time, the gospel music he sang in church and the black R&B music he listened to as a teenager (Comprehensive History of Elvis Presley’s Dynamic Life). Elvis has influenced American culture not only while he was living but also in today’s 21st century. It wasn’t easy for him to be accepted; in fact many adults and the older generations of his time were appalled by his performances and his music....   [tags: Musicians ]
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Evolution of Golf Throughout American Culture - American culture has changed a lot over the last one hundred years, especially in sports. Two people have really paved the way Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. Clubs, courses and yardages have totally changed the game the past thirty years because of the innovation of technology. Players are hitting the ball over three hundred yards now and that is the difference from playing now then playing in the seventies and eighties. Jack Nicklaus arguably the best golfer of all time won so many professional tournaments, with the clubs that he used today a professional golfer wouldn’t even come close to beating him....   [tags: pga tour, tiger woods, jack nicklaus]
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The Mosaic of American Culture, It's No Melting Pot - The Mosaic of American Culture, It's No Melting Pot Culture is a behavior that consists of several critical elements, such as language, religion, race and ethnicity, clothing and politics. Culture is what one does in his/her daily life. In order to understand others, we must first keep in mind that every culture carries its own set of values and assumptions. Culture is an evolving, ever changing civilization, which includes several different groups people. For immigrants, America is a land of opportunity; for others it is just the best country in the world because of its economic success and/or its democratic political system....   [tags: Sociology Culture USA Essays] 603 words
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Iconic Male Dominated American Culture - ... In short, this frightening and deadly virus allowed advocates for abstinence a means to legitimize their arguments by stating that the only way one could avoid contracting it was to avoid sexual contact altogether—until marriage. Thus in 1996, government support for abstinence-only and abstinence-only-until marriage programs grew at an alarming rate with the installation of the welfare reform law, which contained a purposefully inconspicuous mandate of fifty-million dollars a year in order to fund them (Howell, Marcela 1)....   [tags: patriarchal society, civilization]
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Hip Hop's Effect on American Culture - Hip hop has permeated popular culture in an unprecedented fashion. Because of its crossover appeal, it is a great unifier of diverse populations. Although created by black youth on the streets, hip hop's influence has become well received by a number of different races in this country. A large number of the rap and hip hop audience is non-black. It has gone from the fringes, to the suburbs, and into the corporate boardrooms. Because it has become the fastest growing music genre in the U.S., companies and corporate giants have used its appeal to capitalize on it....   [tags: Rap Music and Pop Culture Essays]
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Culture of Critique - Americans have embraced debate since before we were a country. The idea that we would provide reasoned support for any position that we took is what made us different from the English king. Our love of debate came from the old country, and embedded itself in our culture as a defining value. Thus, it should not come as a surprise that the affinity for debate is still strong, and finds itself as a regular feature of the mainstream media. However, if Deborah Tannen of the New York Times is correct, our understanding of what it means to argue may be very different from what it once was; a “culture of critique” has developed within our media, and it relies on the exclusive opposition of two confl...   [tags: American Culture]
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African American Culture - African American Culture Music Spirituals This is a religious song sung by the black people in the southern part of the US and are often influenced by African melodies. The spirituals are typical working songs and often content stories and persons from the Bible. Many of the slaves, in fact, thought of themselves as modern children of Israel who were looking for freedom. The songs first become well-known outside the southern states when the slaves were set free from slavery. Blues The blues is extremely various type of music, and it has many different musical expressions....   [tags: African American Studies] 1168 words
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Big Money for a Little Culture - The constant whirring of electric slot machines, the clatter of drink glasses on a bar, the plethora of bright, flashing lights – these are typical in an average Native American casino. However, beyond the trivial entertainment these establishments provide, a much greater purpose is served. Native American communities are rampant with jobless members and poor fiscal conditions. A shabbily maintained economy could eventually lead to a loss of traditional lifestyles. Gambling establishments, especially those who donate a portion of their income to their respective reservations, assist in keeping economic and cultural order amongst tribes and contribute to decreasing unemployment....   [tags: Native American Culture]
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