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Georg Simmel: Fashion

I never thought that fashion could be such an influence in our lives. According to George Simmel  we all experience fashion thought a small group that sets the trend. We scramble to imitate that trend, no matter how expensive it maybe. In fact the more expensive, the more we have to have it. Interestingly,  money doesn’t drive one away from following the latest fashion. As fashion is consumed by everyone, only then do we tend to withdraw. Which causes the demise of that trend.  And then, and only then do we look for the newest fashion.



Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Gender Inequality

Gender inequality Mrs. Gillman spoke about in the 1980’s was astonishing with women making up half the world’s population and being overworked and underpaid.  Overworked having jobs in and out of the home. Not being reimbursed or respected for the job of keeping a household together. Underpaid in the workforce out side the home, even while having the same qualification and education level, where is the justice. Men try and be successful at work and running tight a household, I think some things would change quickly.

The Negro Problem of Philadelphia

W. E. B. Dubois study of the black man in Philadelphia was interesting. He not only wanted to study the current state of the black situation or the visible portion, but he was interested in other things. He was concerned about some of the preexisting things that played  a role in causation, that attributed to the harsh social problems, such as poverty, no jobs, below housing standards. Why compared to other minority groups were and are blacks stuck in this situation.  However, these same problems threaten the black community today, in all over this country.

The Movie House of Sand and Fog

The characters in the movie that intrigue me the most were the cop and the lawyer for the lady trying to get her back.  Clearly the cop possess the charisma needed to capture the young lady’s heart. In her time of desperation he was her savior, taking her in, providing for her. Until the charisma was replaced with the true person he was, which was a married father of two. The Lawyer for the young lady, trying to get her house back, showed how bureaucracy doesnt offend bend, even when mistakes are made by the institution. Falsely billed for a tax that she wasnt responsible for cause the downward spiral, on top of everything she was dealing in her life. The bureaucracy failed to correct the mistake which was inevitably perpetuated this entire situation.


Wealth Distribution in America

After listening to the videos and finding out that the distribution of wealth in America between what we think, and what is realized is unthinkable. The top one percent own this country. To find out I’m basically working for nothing hurts my heart.  Warren Buffit is one of the few billionaires who doesn’t mind giving something back, in the form of taxes. Can’t imagine those who are really suffering trying to survive in this country. The reality of attaining that American dream sobering. It’s so sad. I’m moving to Sweeden.