Fast Food Nation Intro Essay

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Have you ever wondered what the food used in fast food a restaurant is made up of? In the book Fast Food Nation, authored by Eric Schlosser, he explains many of the tactics used by the fast food industry in an effort to inform society. Fast food started around the 1950’s when all the men were fighting in World War 2. Women were forced to leave their homes in search for jobs to support their families; this led to the idea of getting quick meals for the family after work. What started as a war time effort to support families became as we know as the fast food industry. Over the years we have seen this industry grow at a staggering rate, which has led it to be one biggest if not the biggest industry in the world. One cannot go down the street without seeing a McDonalds, Burger King, Carl’s Jr, and KFC etc. They are everywhere. In this essay I will explain how the fast food industry has embedded itself into American society, how a cultural norm has emerged in southern California, and the radical new method that has developed in food preparation.

In the book Fast Food Nation, Schlosser tells us about how the fast food industry has created a fundamental change in American society. What I mean by this is there is a huge cultural change going on than there was in the past 100 years. We see how wages fluctuate in 1973 “the hourly wage of the average U.S worker peaked” (Schlosser, 4). In the next 2 decades we see that it declines at a steady rate, this is allowed women to enter the workforce, and not in a viewpoint to fight for women’s rights but with the prospective to pay the bills as Schlosser explains. This was a huge change in society because it was when women and men were integrated into the workforce, and they were working as equals. We see less independently owned restaurants, stores, and markets. As we look at shopping centers, malls, outlets, etc. we see that “Customers are drawn to familiar brands by an instinct to avoid the unknown.” (5) We live in societies...
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