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Transcript of American Culture
How much has technology influenced American Culture?
Government and Politics
Is our culture open to new and different cultures/people?
One of the biggest influencing organizations is Microsoft. The history of Microsoft began on April 4, 1975 when it was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque. The company restructured on June 25, 1981 and became a incorporated business in the state of Washington its name then became "Microsoft Corporation Inc". Microsoft Basic was the dominant programming language language in the late 1970's early 1980's. Internet Explorer was included in the Windows 95 plus pack that was released in August 1995. Microsoft is still making improvements today. September 30, 2014 they replaced the Windows 8/8.1 operating system to Windows 10.
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With the advancements in technology we have become a culture that is focused on social media and the newest form of technology. "As we expect more from technology we expect less from each other." Citizens spend so much time on social media feeling that they are in control, and they are never alone. In reality they have created their own isolation. Us as a society have let technology take over almost every aspect of our life. Almost as if smartphones are getting smarter but people are getting dumber. Although technology has its upsides for example: Communication between countries, sharing our information with different cultures creating a more interconnected world.
History that Shaped our Future
How does geography impact our culture?
Throughout history there has been many influential people some more influential then others and most were influential in a different way. Every influential person in history has left a mark of some kind and shaped our future and our culture today. Mohandas Gandhi is one of my favorite influential people because of his movement for peace. It was a very tough fight but he never once gave up. He never used violence in his protests. Gandhi made a statement and started the huge movement for peace between the battling citizens in South Africa. A influential person that was striving for the same thing, peace and equality but also a little closer to home and also had more significance towards american culture was, Martin Luther King Jr. Martin had the same approach that Gandhi had in South Africa, he never showed any violence towards people that were not supporters of his movement. This shaped the culture of protesting and showed people violence does not help you move forward when trying to promote peace. Thomas Jefferson was also very influential regarding the government. He had influence in the creating of the Federal Government. Thomas also had influence in the shaping of the look of the nations capitol and defining the powers of the Constitution and the nature of the emerging republic.
Components of Culture
Geography can also effect your culture depending on where you live, what resources are available for the people. For example: Someone who lives in the south their culture may be focused on agriculture because of the weather making it possible to plant crops. While in the north someone trying to make a living probably shouldn't depend on planting crops because of the weather.
The u.s has an array of climates and geography throughout the country making the cultures very diverse, and how we go through our daily lives very diverse.
Any country you travel to you would soon realize there is a certain amount of pride and love that everyone holds for their country. This is known as patriotism. With this patriotism comes a certain dislike towards other cultures. Americans disliking other people of different ethnic groups came from the Immigration Act of 1924. Many people were traveling to the u.s looking for better lives and most of all jobs, which in the end took away from the american citizens.
9/11 also was a turning point regarding this subject, this date struck fear and anger in our minds. It changed the way we see middle eastern people forever.
Money has influenced our culture in many ways. The idea of money and "things" leads me to what people think the "American Dream" embodies. We have associated money and "things" to be equivalent to happiness. Study's show that if someone is making a income of 100,000 dollars annually, another 100,000 dollars annually does not make a person happier.
Over the past years we have seen a dramatic change in the lower class, middle class, and the upper class. The lower class is barely making it through daily life. The middle class is not much above the lower class but have a steady income. The upper class holds most of the country's wealth. Then there is the "upper upper" class that holds the country's wealth and that is between two or three people. The distribution of wealth throughout our country is not what we believe it is and its not what we would like it to be.
Culture is all of these terms attained by a group of people in the course of many generations.
Distribution of Wealth
1% of Americans are homeless (3.5 million people)
Government is the way that every state's policy's are enforced, and determining the state's policy's. Refers to the set of political systems and institutions that make up the organization of a specific government. During the constitutional convention of 1787 sovereignty of the people was popularized, the american revolution also played a big part in popularizing this idea. Democracy was put in place to give the people a say in how they are governed.
Contains the Senate and the House of Representatives. Every state is entitled to at least one rep. each state is represented depending on its population.
The president is the leader of the country voted through by the people expected to make decisions best for the american citizens and America as a whole.
The people are given the power of initiative, referendum, and recall.
Initiative - a means by which a petition is signed by a certain number of people can force a public vote
Referendum - a direct vote in which the electorate is asked to either except or reject a proposal which may result in the adoption of a new constitution, constitutional amendment, or a new law.
Recall - voters are able to remove a elected official before his or hers term has ended.
American Revolution was also a very big turning point in american history. Taking place in 1765-1783, the Thirteen colonies broke away from the control of the British government creating an independent nation " The United States of America ". In 1765 the americans rejected the of the Parliament to tax them.
The United States Constitution marked a significant point in the history of America which replaced the Articles of Confederation that wasn't affective (1788). This established the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Bill of Rights added in 1791 intended to protect peoples "natural rights". This attempted to balance a strong national government, strong state governments and broad personal liberties. This gave birth to the ethic that has formed the core political values in the United States.
Pop culture is the "popular culture" that is influenced by celebrities or famous individuals. A majority of the people are using these brands, although most people can not afford these brands. These are things that people feel they need to "fit into the popular culture". This has mostly effected the younger generation.
Sense of learning in which knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people from one generation to the next through teaching, training,or research. Education began in the earliest prehistory, as far back as the Athens and Ancient Greece (330 BCE).
Every culture has its own methods of education for example: because we live in America through the course of high school for everyone they will at some point learn about American History.
"The influence of culture on beliefs about education, the value of education, and participation styles cannot be overestimated Many Asian students, for example, tend to be quiet in class, and making eye contact with teachers is considered inappropriate for many of these children (Bennett, 2003) In contrast, most European American children are taught to value active classroom discussion and to look teachers directly in the eye to show respect, while their teachers view students' participation as a sign of engagement and competence."