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Fast food nation

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Transcript of Fast food nation

Fast Food Nation Authors Background Rhetorical Strategies Authors Bias Eric Schlosser is the author of a few books. Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness, and Chew On This, which is also a book about things you don't want to know about fast food. Eric wrote a play called "Americans" which is about American Imperialism. He graduated from Princeton with a degree in American History. He has written for the Atlantic Monthly since 1996. Before actually writing his book Fast Food Nation, he wrote an article in a magazine about the fast food industry. Fast Food Nation was one of the New York Times best sellers list for nearly two years. Book Summary Fat Food Nation is a book about the fast food industry and the consequences of low priced foods. In this book, he talks about all the way back to the first hot dog stand, to the billions of hamburgers now sold. It talks about how the fast food industry has fueled an epidemic of obesity. This book was made to change the way millions of people think about what they eat. It inspires readers to look beneath the surface of our food industry, and to consider its impact on the society. A lot of it talks about where the food comes from and the injuries people get for working in the slaughter houses, along with whats really in the food, and the success many restaurants have made. Eric Shlosser was born into power, his father was the president of NBC. Eric's fathers power brought him into the best schools as he graduated from Princeton with a degree in American history, Schlosser began his career turning into nonfiction with Atlantic Monthly, he wrote of the migrant workforce that picked strawberries in California. Catching the eye of Will Dana whom asked if Eric would write of the fast food industries. Talking of the sanitary ways of the way our food is handled. Schlosser described fast food as the corruption of our country the contribution to the increasing obesity rates. In his book he wrote of "the dark side of the all American meal", explaining the way the food is made and proses, from the start to the plate. Schlossers point of view was the fast food companies were the destruction of our country and the ruins of society, as the fast greasy food became cheaper and easier to access and began to be taken for granted, Logos Logos is used throughout the entire book, especially through facts and data. Fast food nation is filled with statistics, surveys, and information critical for readers to connect to the text. The author involves logos in his book so much because his claims become more credible with every example of information. Anecdotes Multiple anecdotes are used in "Fast Food Nation" to apply to the readers emotions and past experiences. The author does this so that readers own emotions and thoughts connect with the book’s perspectives. Word Choice Exemplary word choice is shown throughout the entire book, mainly to emphasize the central claims, and to give imagery to the reader so that they can experience what is going on more deeply. By: Payton, Katie, and Cassie Ethos The author’s usage of ethos really connects the reader’s morals and thoughts to the claims he uses, and the readers really connect and want to keep reading about what the author has to say. Pathos Pathos is one of the most utilized rhetorical strategies because most readers enjoy the book when they can bond with the facts and stories shared, as well as the facts that affect their own personal life. Cause & Effect The author, multiple times, uses cause and effect to show the extremes of how fast food affects people, as well as other living creatures. Historical References Numerous historical references are told to draw contrast on a reader’s previous knowledge, and to compare the past to the present food industry. Tone The author uses tone to maintain his claim and thoughts on fast food throughout the entire book. Central Claims 1. Fast food is a predominant power in our country
Eric Schlosser stated "America will spend more money on fast food than a higher education."
The fast food industry has great influence upon our economy and society. Everyday thousands of Americans intake fast food in large quantities. Being one of the most successful businesses to run, mass production, and causes harm on the health of our citizens
"Typical American now consumes approximately three hamburgers and four orders of french fries in every week"
Fast food businesses want most money for the cheapest labor, one of the most important goals was redesigning the kicthen


2. Meat and Potatoes
The fast food industry stays strong by creating other industries which support that actual fast food industry.
"Simplot quickly became the main supplier of french fries to McDonald's. At the time, McDonald's had about 725 restaurants in the United States. Within a decade it had more than 3,000."
Regular farmers are endangered by fast food's demand and competition.
"The production of frozen fries has become intensely competitive business."
"Out of every $1.50 spent on a large order of fries at a fast food restaurant, perhaps 2 cents goes to the farmer who grew those potatoes."
Chicken growers are manipulated by fast food corporations.
"A processor can terminate a contract with a grower whenever it likes. It owns the birds." 3. Most dangerous jobs
"The most dangerous job in the meat packing industry today is the late night cleaning crew" Schlosser explains of highly powered mixture of water and chlorine heated to 180 degrees, reducing visibility to five feet which leads to chemical burns.
Eric shclosser wrote "the illiterate unskilled, illegal worker of a meat packing company is just a cog in the great machine. He or she can be easily replaced with in a matter of weeks.
"The average worker quit or was fired every three months, makes it clear that they are cogs that can be replaced"
"Meat packing companies are willing to endanger Americans with food bone pathogens for the sake of money making" Some of the meat packing companies send off food known to contaminated.
"The USDA helped IBP companies to pass inspections" Schlosser claimed, then spoke of how they were republican as he was strongly against republicans.
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