Popular Culture Symbol

Topics: Dave Thomas, Fried chicken, KFC Pages: 3 (1129 words) Published: April 23, 2007
A place that I feel represents a significant part of popular culture is KFC. In 1930 in the midst of the depression, Harland Sanders opened his first restaurant in the small front room of a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. Harland Sanders served as station operator, chief cook and cashier and he named the dining area "Sanders Court & Café." In 1936 Kentucky Governor Ruby Laffoon makes Sanders an honorary Kentucky Colonel in recognition of his contributions to the state's cuisine. In 1952 Colonel Sanders actively began franchising his chicken business by traveling from town to town to town and cooking batches of chicken for restaurant owners and employees. An interstate highway was built in 1955 to bypass Corbin, Kentucky. Colonel Sanders sold his service station on the same day that he received his first social security check. After he paid his debts, he was virtually broke. Sanders decided to go on the road to sell his Secret Recipe to restaurants. In 2006 more than a billion of the Colonel's "finger licken' good" chicken dinners are served annually in more than 80 countries and territories around the world.

KFC represents popular culture because it includes the daily interactions, needs and desires and cultural 'moments' that make up the everyday lives of the mainstream. In today's culture people expect efficiency, quantity, predictability and control. KFC is a good example of popular culture because it is fast and easy to have a "home cooked" meal in today's fast society. I selected KFC because I had a tough time trying to pick out an item that I could write a paper on about popular culture that is in the United States and that is at least in one other country. I remembered that when I was in Mexico I saw ancient looking fire trucks rushing to a fire. I smelled chicken burning and Skettle 2looked at the sign and it was a KFC. Therefore, I at least knew that KFC was in one other country. After doing some research I found out that KFC is in...
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