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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser Study Guide Introduction (1) (a) How does the amount of money spent on fast food compare with the amount spent on other things in our society? (b) What does this say about our society? (a)  The amount of money spent on fast food is far greater than the money spent on  other things in our society. In 1970, we spent 6 billion on fast food. In 2001, we spent  110 billion. “Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher  education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars.” “They spend more  on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded  music- combined.”  (b)  What this says about our society is that our priorities have  shifted from home cooked meals at home to the convenience of the fast food chains.  It says that people now have placed eating healthy on the back burner to convenience  of a quick burger between tasks. (2) (a)  Why is fast food worth studying? (a)  Fast food is worth studying for many reasons. If a society is spending more money  on fast food than any other product out there than what will the future look like? If  we eat fast food all the time and our children are obese, what are the chances of their  children dying from health problems? What is the impact not only on a family but a  country? (3) (a)  What are some of the observations about McDonald's made by the author? (b) Were you aware of any of those statistics? (a)  That McDonald’s is now responsible for 90% of the country’s new jobs. In 1968, it  operated 1,000 restaurants, and in 2001 it operates 30,000 worldwide and opens  2,000 every year. 1/8 Americans have been employed by McDonalds at some point. It  hires 1 million people each year which is more than any other organization, public or  private. Nations largest purchaser of beef, pork and potatoes. Second purchaser of  chicken. Worlds leader in owning retail property. Makes more profit on collecting rent  than selling food. Spends more money on marketing and advertising, therefore  replaced Coke a Cola as most famous brand. A study of American school children  showed that 96% could recognize Ronald McDonald. Golden arches are more widely  recognized than the Christian cross. (b)  I was aware of some of those statistics but not  to the caliber that they were explained. (4) (a)
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2011 for the course ENGLISH 115 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '11 term at CNUAS.

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