Paper on The Order of Tacky

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Lindsay Lastinger AP Language and Composition Coach Allen Induction Essay: “The Order of Tacky” Tackiness and American Values The overall perception of what is considered tacky by the American population strongly suggests a highly materialistic outlook on life by the entire American population. Materialism, which is defined as, “ The theory or attitude that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life”, seems to be the epicenter of all American thought and opinion . Americans constantly consider the materialistic values in life more significant than the intellectual and moralistic values, which in turn, directly constitutes for their general obsession with one’s outer appearance. Everything that Americans consider tacky involves one’s outer appearance, presentation, and materialistic possessions: clothing styles, hair styles, body types, skin tone, and so forth. From observing these “tacky” items and characteristics, one can conclude that Americans are exceedingly obsessed with the materialism of life, which consequently affects their perception, and obsession with one’s outer appearance. The list of “tacky” items and characteristics that my group and I compiled consists entirely of items that correlate with one’s outer appearance, presentation, and materialistic possessions. A few of these items include jean shorts, jean suits, fake tans, mullets, socks with crocs, and tattoos. In everyday life people are frequently exposed to numerous kinds of individuals, all of whom have different thoughts, styles, and opinions. For example, while one person may think a spray-on tan creates a nice, bronzy glow, another person might think it causes
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