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Dont Let me be lonely Essay

Dont Let me be lonely Essay - Eng 214 The Comfortably Numb...

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Eng 214 4/28/08 The Comfortably Numb American The book Don’t Let Me be Lonely by Claudia Rankine displays many truths to life that are distorted the media and the people around you. This book deals with death, drugs, and even terrorism. Above all, the most interesting topic she discusses how Americans have become comfortable with prescription drugs and have accepted them as a part of our culture. American disbursement of drugs and advertisements of drugs have lead to this lazy-boy comfort level in America, even with warnings on drugs we still consume at an alarming rate. Rankine discusses the use of medication by public icons, friends, and even her own personal accounts to help paint this vivid picture of the addicted Americans. Advertisement is a huge aspect of American marketing and business these days; millions of dollars are spent each year just on advertisements for the super bowl. It is no surprise that drug companies are also utilizing advertisement to push their product onto the consumer. Prozac came out with a pill that only needs to be taken once a week called Prozac Weekly, and online there are persuasive conversation starters if you wish to discuss Prozac Weekly with your doctor one of them stating, “Taking a pill every day reminds me that I have depression” (141). The idea that you need some outside source or substance to make you happy is depressing, but what is even more depressing is that this company is using online advertisement to teach you convincing ways of attaining their drug. The drug companies recognize that
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