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Short paper 1.1 (Trans-fat and interpretive communties)

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Bryant 1 Justin Bryant 13 February 2007 English 131 Q Short Paper 1.1: Trans-fats and your interpretive community Why is it that Americans take so long to accept scientific studies that explain how harmful certain foods can be? The most prevalent example of that today can be seen in Americans consumption of trans-fats. Trans-fats cause heart disease and increase “bad” cholesterol while decreasing “good” cholesterol in our bodies. Hundreds of studies have been conducted that prove that trans-fats are horrible for the human body. It is also believed that trans-fats are linked to heart attacks. Stanley Fish is responsible for creating a concept which helps to explain just why people can differ so greatly on their interpretations of the trans-fat problem or lack of a problem. Fish explains that everyone is part of an infinite number of interpretive communities which are responsible for how we perceive everything in our lives. Interpretive communities are made up of our experiences and knowledge. When someone looks at an issue their interpretive communities form how they perceive that issue. Today we see instances were the American public is unconcerned about issues because their interpretive communities do not encompass any knowledge or experiences regarding the topic. Starbucks recently became the first company to ban trans-fats from all of their foods. The interpretive community that is the most exited about this change encompasses Americans who have believed the health of the American public has been deteriorating for sometime.
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