Fast Food Nation Essay

1042 Words Aug 16th, 2010 5 Pages
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Tutorial: “What’s in the meat” – Meat and potatoes
Overview: A look into how the meat is prepared. What is in the meat that we don’t know about but still consume. How consumers love it because it’s cheap, quick and easy. Processing of meat, errors associated with the process of beef and chicken.
Image Analysis: An effective image employs specific techniques to relay its purpose. This image of 6 year old Alex Donley uses the following techniques to influence the reader or viewers perception of the chapter. Framing, layout, colour, symbols and focus are all crucial aspects of the image.
The image is a mid shot of the child’s face, resembling an individual school photo. His expression is relaxed,
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The image presented as a prelude to the chapter ahead relates to the death of a six year old child which could have been prevented. By failing to take proper precautions in the processing of meat, his death symbolises a failure in both health and occupational safety standards which saw the E. coli virus spread into meat in America.
Main Ideas:
An ideal system for new pathogens:
• Introducing you to food borne diseases and their effect on society.
• The way that the animals are treated by the slaughter houses and farmers through their ignorance of healthy farming practices can lead to the spread of pathogens in the meat.
• ‘Every day in the United States, roughly 200,000 people are sickened by a foodborne disease, 900 are hospitalised and fourteen die.’ p.195.
• Discusses the relation between E. coli and food poisoning cases.

The national dish
• Transformation of the stigma associated with the hamburger.
• Change in the perceived production of hamburgers.
• Ideal food for small children because it is convenient, easy to chew and fast.
• The fast food industry provides millions of jobs for people who would otherwise be without work.
• Change from being an urban middle class male food to family favourite, targeting kids with the opportunity to gain a small toy.
• “The hamburger was considered a food for the poor, tainted and unsafe to eat.” P.197.
• “Hamburgers seem an ideal food for small children –

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