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RiaRoseKnows Occupies Wall Street

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Here’s the basic jist that I got from Wall Street. I will definitely be coming up with more videos on this topic as it is something that has extremely intrigued me. I have some great ideas for this movement so stay tuned to my channel 🙂

Please give me some feedback and let me know what YOU think of Occupy Wall Street. What have you been hearing from the media? How do you think we can make this revolution into something much more tangible?

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Wal-Mart Island: Low Cost Vacationing!

Review of “Socialization and the Power of Advertising” by Jean Killbourne (Link not available)

I am honestly waiting for the day that the entire globe turns into a bunch of logos that can be seen from outerspace. I can see it now, we already create man-made islands so why not an island in the shape of the Nike “swoosh” or perhaps Wal-Mart Island for low-cost vacationing. This is exactly why advertising “sells much more than products” It sells a lifestyle, values, morals, and it’s beginning to look like there will soon be a religion dubbed “Chevronism”

These advertisers influence our lives by telling us what to wear, where to shop, what to eat and pretty much drill into our heads any possible thing that they can. Especially within the past few years, brands have been mushing ideas into everyone’s heads.

For example, and this is mainly for the little children that are being influenced, while I worked at the daycare there were many children who would only eat a specific type of food. Now, I’m not talking about the fact that they didn’t like vegetables but during breakfast there were many kids who wanted a specific type of cereal. At first I figured the kids were just being bratty (which they were don’t get me wrong) However, I asked a 4 year old girl, who was eating Lucky Charms, “Why do you only want to eat this cereal? How come you don’t want Trix or Rice Krispies?” to which her response was “I like the funny green guy on the front and I’ll get lucky if I eat the cereal” This response in turn made the parents also loyal to the company due to the fact that this little girl only wanted this cereal. (Which will also bring me to the topic of how parents spoil the daylights out of their children but that’s probably for another time)

I’ve seen families who only buy brand-name things and scowl at having to buy store-brand things and vice-avers. Either way, they’re being loyal to the brand and their lifestyle and food choices depend upon whether or not the bottle says “Clorox” or “Stop and Shop” Clearly, the name-brand things will cost them more but what do they care? The consumer believes that they are getting a “better” product which in turn makes them look “better” to society. It’s all a vicious cycle.

Obviously the tobacco companies are not just targeting adults but setting the stage in a child’s mind when they’re very young that smoking is cool. Despite the efforts of anti-smoking campaigns, anti-drug campaigns and the like, children are smoking, drinking and doing drugs at younger and younger ages. The ad’s are brightly colored or really stand out at you or have cartoons and of course as adults we are past the stage of brain stimulation from brightly colored objects or cartoons. So who else would these ad’s be for?

Television is becoming more and more lax with what they air on T.V. So ads of nearly naked women, drugs and alcohol are on shows that are accessible to children. MTV is the worst with their stupid shows like “Tool Academy” and “Jersey Shore” MTV is basically teaching our children to be spoiled, nasty, slutty and above all stupid then hey! You might have a chance on TV.

These shows set the stage for little girls and boys alike on what’s “cool” and how to act towards others when clearly these people don’t have any respect for anyone, not even themselves. It can make little girls grow up to think that they have to be half naked in order to be appreciated by a guy which can turn out to be terribly harmful especially with their self-esteem and serious situations such as rape. It’s creating values for these children and young adults alike on how to act in society.

It’s all about the money. As the consumer you must ask yourself, do they really give a crap about how our lives turn out? Do they care about how our children grow up if they grow up to be pregnant at the age of 12? Or if your loved one becomes addicted to cigarettes or drugs? They just see us as dollar signs. Nothing more, nothing less.

Thoughts © Maria Campagna

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Womens’ Skewed Body-Image

Review of “Cultural Obsessions with Thinness: African American, Latina and White Women” by Becky Thompson (No link available)

Being a woman, reading a story such as this is horrifying and it brings forth a great deal of anger towards society for me. Society has brought about such pain towards people that there are grave illnesses such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa.

Thompson describes these eating disorders, whether binging or purging, as ways to deal with these problems because they just simply are. Some of these woman described eating as a way to relieve stress and anxiety and food was something that no one could stop them from. It is an easy way to abuse something without having to be dysfunctional in society, like drugs and alcohol do.

Food is always accessible to those who decide to binge and food is something that no one can take away from them. It is an easy escape from reality to eat. It satisfies them and it creates a sense of comfort and among a mind where anxiety and stress are high, this escape is something so precious to them.

It’s scary to think that the woman who have been sexually abused and then turn into anorexics do so due to the fact that they think something is wrong with them and this is why they were assaulted. Being sexually abused created the notion in their mind that they were assaulted because they were too thin or too fat. Purging was comforting to them because it was nice for them to know that no food was digested and in turn, their bodies would begin shedding weight or keeping off weight.

Families seemed to be a big influence on these women and their thoughts about themselves. It was said that thinness, even sometimes heaviness, was what society wanted them to look like and if they did not look that way, they would then in-turn be looked down upon. Being thin gave the appearance of elegance and being fat gave the outward thought that the family could provide well. It’s these twisted notions that create such chaos in a young woman’s mind.

The only girls you ever see on TV that are regarded as beautiful and flawless are 100 pounds and under, have big boobs and flawless everything. Unfortunately society nowadays only seems to look with their eyes and once it hits the brains pleasure source, most do not delve deeper than the fact that there is a beautiful woman in front of them. The truth is most of these woman couldn’t make their way out of a paper bag, however, it is still a problem due to the fact that these barbie-esque women are held in such high regard.

Women want to go somewhere in life and they want to be something and because Barbie gets all of the attention, self-esteem becomes an issue. Among all races there’s a significant problem with image and what we should look like and how we should act and what we should eat.
Personally, it used to bother me much more and I used to be jealous of these women that get everything they want just because they are flawless and they are what society wants them to be. Now, I have a much different notion on the topic. To me, I believe that beauty is not just how you appear on the outside but it’s the knowledge that you gain that is so much more beautiful. If I meet a girl and she is much more attractive than I am, and I can’t hold a conversation with her, then I don’t feel bad. Unfortunately, I see these women as just objects as sad as that sounds. But, beautiful women to me are those who are intelligent, informed and kind. There is no beauty like the beauty of knowledge and respect.

Thoughts © Maria Campagna 2011

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