September 29, 2003

The Altered American Dream

Some say the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness can define and measure what the American Dream is. Others beleive that the American Dream can only be measured through the appraised value of your house, what kind of car you drive, and what you own in stocks and bonds. Unfortunatley for the American civilization and culture the majority of Americans prefer the standards of the second given measurement of the American Dream. It has gotten to the point as to where society is being force fed through the media what to think in terms of what is good, what is bad, what is right, and what is wrong. Because of the way things are portrayed in the media the definition of the American Dream has been drastically altered.
The media uses print as and television as its most prominent outlets. The media uses the trend of popular culture to support it's claims. Television depicts health, and wealth to define the American Dream by displaying the things that one can do with money and absolute power. For example one could look at any given issue of PEOPLE's magazine and see Sharon Stone on the front cover at the Grammy's with a dress on that cost thousands of dollars, jewelry dripping from her bones, and her possibly holding a bottle of champagne that cost more than Six Pack Joe's life. Absolute money and power, is what gives Sharon that million dollar smile.
But what the media doesnt show us is...........

Posted by Carla Rae Jackson at September 29, 2003 07:24 PM

Agreed on the Altered American Dream. We are always unsatisfied. That is the way of the beast. And we are the beasts.

In many ways those dripping jewels are not enought for her, not enough. She is not skinny enough. She has to be a bit more thin.

If only I could be "lucky" enough to have that lifestyle!:-).

What fun it would be to have someone commenting about my butt everyday like Bennifer.

Map-dot is okay for me right now, but I do want the big life someday. I guess we all make our choices in the fulfillment of our own American Dream. It is nice to have the option of going somewhere and becoming skin and bones with jewels, or writing on a free press then eating a nice big sundae with too much fudge.

Living in America gives us that option. We alter it.

Posted by: Amanda at September 29, 2003 10:57 PM

"We are always unsatisfied. That is the way of the beast. And we are the beasts."~Amanda

hey, that reminds me of a book I read once. I can't remember which one it is for the life of me... rats. If I think of it I'll let you know.

I agree, though. It's sick that your life can hang by the thread of not being rich enough to afford brand clothing, not being skinny enough, not being "cool" enough... it's terrible. Nothing I can really do about it except not hold those values for others and complain about it...

Posted by: KarissaKilgore at October 1, 2003 10:18 AM

I think that you made a very interesting point and I totally agree that " The typical American Dream" has become a bit distorted" But whose to say that If you or I had wealth or power that we would'nt be the same way. I hold mnay values close to me that I say would'nt change if I ever came into money or power. But money an dpower do strange things to peole the most honest, good person can be swayed by money. Why is that? I'm not exactly sure, but I do belive that money is the root of all problems. Well to get to my point I'm not disagreeing with you I'm saying take it into perspective. Yes I think that the media like to glamourize things more than neede but it sells so why stop?

Posted by: Stefanie Hutton at October 9, 2003 12:43 PM
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