Saturday, 29 September 2012

Week 1 Blog Post

This is my "positive" image of America. It is JFK - specifically during his famous speech in which he states his intentions to put man on the moon.

I chose this because it represents Americas can-do attitude and their drive to make the impossible possible. Regardless of the political background, I believe that the achievement of actually landing on the moon within 7 years in extremely impressive.

It is this kind of attitude that helped build the plane, develop new drugs, expand the original concept of the Internet and create whole new technological fields. While America may not necessarily pioneer the technology, it has the attitude and resources to take ideas to new realms.

This second image is of Paris Hilton and I chose her to represent what I find disgusting about America. She is a modern day female cad without the sophistication, elegance or education. Everything that she is, is due to her father being rich and it is a sad fact about America that money and power does give you the elevated position of being a role model even when you have no place being near other people. It has spread now with the influx of programs like Jersey Shore and The Kardashians and they teach American girls (and Europeans too now) that is ok to be a "stupid spoiled whore" (to quote South Park.)

I have always tried to appreciate famous people even when I don't like them because to get famous and stay there takes a lot of skill and a special kind of talent, but with the dumbing down of American TV it doesn't seem that difficult to get a show on TV, in spite (or maybe because of) the drugs, sex tapes and general lack of contributing anything of worth of society.

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