Negative 'iconic' image of America
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
I think child beauty pageants are a negative side to the USA as they over sexualise the child with the fake tan, fake hair, lots of make up etc. And it shows a bad side to parenting and also when young girls of this age see these images they may think its acceptable or feel like they should imitate them and when seeing this in the media and they may start feeling self conscious and sometimes develop conditions relating to body issues.
I think a positive side to the USA is their patriotism and their innovation and prosperity which encourages their morale and also encourages their work ethic and making products in their own country is one of the things that helps do that.
“The glamour of it all! New York! America!" Charlie Chaplin
I think that this is an iconic positive picture of USA as New York City is a place that most people, if not nearly everyone in the world has heard about. New York City offers incomparable museums, attractions, restaurants, hotels, theatres, entertainment and shopping and it is because of this that makes it one destination that most people want to go to in their lives and this is prove by the 50.9 million people that visited the city last year the highest on record. Also I think that the Statue of Liberty looking over the Atlantic ocean still gives that feeling of hope and joy to people when they land at the surrounding airports, maybe not for the same reasons as what she did in the late 1800s, but nevertheless it is a positive iconic figure as it shows that Americans are proud of their past and want to show it to the world.
USA has many negative sides to it, but in my personal opinion the gun “situation” over there is what I believe is the worst negative aspect. It is well known all over the world how it is so average to have a house hold gun in nearly every home in the US, ranging from small hand guns to possibly rifles. But is it needed? If the US has similar gun rules to how Europe does would we hear stories like: The Batman film shooting in Colorado or the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting? Most probably not, but the US will as a whole be unwilling to give up to right to have a gun as it is part of their history and culture going all the way back to the Cowboys and British Colonialism and because of this no politician will do anything about it as they know it will affect their poll ratings which is a shame as they are meant to be there for the people.
The Vietnam War (also known as The American War in Vietnam)
The Vietnam War is exceptionally significant in America's negative aspects. America suffered a huge loss whilst participating, by the end of 1966, there was an estimated 400,000 US troops in Vietnam, many of whom did not return home. The Vietnam War was the first American war to be televised, which had an impact on American society considerably, especially since the media were publicising the suffering of many young men, dying on foreign soil. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C, remains the potent of symbols of American Loss.
The Statue Of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was created in 1875, it's purpose was to signify a mutual friendship between the United States of America and France, it is a symbol of freedom and democracy, a statue of the Roman Goddess, Libertas, the Goddess of freedom. Although it is primarily an icon of freedom, some view it as a welcoming signal to arriving immigrants.
Monday, 23 September 2013
Welcome to the blog for AM1111 for your group. For the first exercise, post any TWO images which are iconic of “America.” Choose one positive, the other negative and explain your choice in 150 words or so Please don't link to images - post them to the blog as images (use the picture icon that shows at the top of the page when you start a new post.)