NYU Poly Writing Seminar 1023W 2-22-11 Chapter 7 Response

NYU Poly Writing Seminar 1023W 2-22-11 Chapter 7 Response -...

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Angelo Campanella Professor McClung Writing Seminar 1023W Ways of Seeing Chapter 7 Reading Response, 299 Words February 22, 2011 Berger focuses on an entirely different but equally important topic in this chapter of Ways of Seeing , stirring further controversy with his views. He deems the consumer public as puppets of marketing heads, who direct what society should seek comfort in. Media glorifies certain practices and products, convincing people that they have problems that didn’t exist until the advertisements suggested them. Afterwards, the people feel incomplete and jealous, because they lack what will solve their problems and make them happy. We come to value people based on what they have instead of who they are, and our whole social system becomes tarnished. The marketing boards couldn’t care less because they’ve done their jobs, and they’ve profited tremendously. The consumers are hit by a tornado of illusions that they may never recover from- they join the masses of mislead folks who were led astray from a genuine lifestyle.
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Unformatted text preview: Berger moved into his main focus by illustrating the evils of capitalism, and he had no intention at stopping there. He illuminated the tragic dependencies upon which we base our lives. We’re rendered powerless without money, and our lives are no longer worth living. We’re taught that the glamorous gifts and perks that come with wealth are essential to living happy lives, and anything else is a waste of time. We’ve lost our appreciation for the simplistic, traditional activities that once made life quite enjoyable, and in turn took up an addiction to material possessions. Perhaps there is no turning back from this, but there is always room for moderation. We can make time for the simple, invaluable things. Unlike the possessions, they are transient, but the memory that remains is untouchable. Gradually, we can return to our roots, and see what great things were obscured by clouds of gold and green....
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