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working class may have improved, the class no longer exists. This is not the case! We must acknowledge the fact that regardless of the advancements that have been made, the working class does still very much exist and will continue its existence due to the fact that classes are reproduced among generations. b. Consumerism is similar to upward mobility in the sense that the working class is being ignored because they are becoming more like the middle class. People tend to define others by there assets, the chapter stated: “how do we know who we are unless we know what we have” (Zweig pg. 48). This idea easily shows how the working class can be over looked. Those who are capable of having certain assets are automatically, and wrongly, grouped with the middle class. For example, someone in the working class that has a home and is able to feed the family will be viewed by society as middle class. However, it will be ignored that they do so through both parents working two jobs, which would put them in the working class. The working class is also ignored because that are a part of the “middle 3/5 of society” that is not considered rich or poor. In today’s society, one’s identity as a consumer over powers their identity as a worker. c. The media also plays a large part in the disappearance of the working class because it either ignores the working class or depicts them in a bad light. This also follows the idea of the power system Zweig described because those in power have the ability to skew what society sees, and therefor eliminate the working class from view. For example, the New York Times ran a story about the Irizarry family, calling them “middle class”, but the family made $38,000 a year, the father worked two jobs, they had never been on vacation and never owned a new car. They would clearly not be
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