ENC1145: Writing About Nature

Extra Credit Assignment by phillipm321
May 1, 2010, 3:05 pm
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Americans’ Capitalist Nature
Capitalism: a Love Story is a film by Michael Moore that exposes the flaws in the economic system known as Capitalism. Capitalism has been proven to be more than just an economic system, but it has become a way of life, where production, development, progression, and most of all, money are the cornerstones. This film shows how Americans, both governmental, executive, and the average citizen have fallen into the trap where capitalism has hindered the lives of themselves or someone directly affected by their actions, and it tries to offer changes to be made to the system. The film focuses on corporate dominance across America along with the effects of Wall Street. Michael Moore goes around the country interviewing (often tormenting) people about the American sense of capitalism. He uses these to show the separation of the wealthy and the poor that capitalism causes. His solution can be described best by a man in the movie. He said, “It’s got to be some kind of a rebellion between the people that have nothing and the people that have it all.” (Capitalism) Moore uses this film to try to convey a message to America that capitalism isn’t the “only” way to live, and points out the biggest flaws in the system to do so.
Early in the movie, Michael Moore brings up that Vice President Jimmy Carter gave warnings about capitalism and America’s consumption patterns. Following these warnings came the election of Ronald Reagan, a staunch Republican. Under his rule, the government took on a corporate structure featuring tax cuts for the wealthy which resulted in an even larger gap between the rich and poor in America. His policies paralleled some of the policies corporations have towards their minimum wage employees and their ideals towards small businesses. The entire movie reflects several topics covered in class this year, such as The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet by John Bellamy Foster. In this book Foster brings up Marxist theories about socialism and furthers his arguments by criticizing capitalism. Foster brings up how capitalism is an evil that causes a degradation of nature along with an unequal distribution of wealth. This is generally the same thing Michael Moore attempted to do in this movie by picking out major flaws in the system and validating his arguments with stories about specific people who were affected by the story.
Moore brings said that since Barrack Obama was elected, the government has gotten better in the sense that it is run in a much more democratic fashion. Moore and Obama are both “for the people,” and this results in a much more beneficial environment for the middle and lower classes. Rather than the majority of wealth being controlled by a few people, they want to see a more equal distribution of the wealth. This goes along with many of Karl Marx’s theories about socialism that were brought up by Foster in The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet. While not becoming an entirely socialist society, both Moore and Obama would like to see some of its qualities attributed to our capitalism. Obama once exemplified merging socialist and capitalist thought when he said, “Our individual salvation depends on our collective salvation.” (Komrad Obama)

Works Cited

Capitalism: A Love Story. Dir. Michael Moore. 2009.

Foster, John Bellamy. The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet. Monthly
Review Press, 2009.

“Komrad Obama: ‘our Individual Salvation Depends on Our Collective Salvation. …’ (and More) :: Political
Issues :: Freedoms Zone.” Freedoms Zone::Blog. 8 June 2008. Web. 16 Apr. 2010.

Funny Nature Cartoon by joycue1
April 20, 2010, 8:01 pm
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This cartoon sends a message that we have been discussing in class all semester. When men try to dominate nature things always end up going wrong.

For some reason its not letting me link the site.

Food and Gender: “Manly” cupcakes? by rdow
April 20, 2010, 1:51 pm
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We talked yesterday about how vegan/vegetarianism is feminized, and I have really become interested in how food is gendered in pop culture. I found this Salon.com article about a company called “Butch Bakery” that claims to make “manly cupcakes for manly men” and had to share it. You should also check out their “About Us” page, which likens baking cupcakes to construction work, complete with blueprints. Enjoy!

Earth Day Dining by uf1024
April 19, 2010, 11:16 am
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Join Gator Dining this Wednesday, April 21 for an Earth Day Celebration at the Fresh Food Company from 5-8 p.m.  They will be hosting an iron chef competition featuring fresh local ingredients from Kelly Farms Chicken, Georgia Coastal Shrimp, Florida Fresh Beef, Artie’s Tempeh and more.  There will be give aways, prizes plus a tabling fair featuring their local partners.  So come out and give your vote for the best meal.  Use your residential or commuter meal plan or $8.99 for cash customers.

Earth Day on the Plaza by uf1024
April 19, 2010, 11:14 am
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On April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. come out to Plaza of the Americas (rain location: Reitz Colonnade) for Earth Day-related activities brought to you by student groups, UF departments and community organizations.

At 11 a.m. enjoy the Greening Your Career: Bringing Sustainability into the Workplace panel.

At 1 p.m. listen to President Machen’s State of Sustainability at UF address followed by the Sustainable Solutions Awards.

Other activities include a hazardous/electronic waste collection and a clothing collection for a discount on this year’s Earth Day T-shirt.  This event is brought to you by the UF Office of Sustainability and Gators for a Sustainable Campus!

Visit www.sustainability.ufl.edu for more information.

GRU’s 2nd Annual Community Energy Fair by uf1024
April 18, 2010, 3:04 pm
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For anyone interested in getting money-saving or energy-efficient tips, GRU is having their 2nd Annual Community Energy Fair at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center on Saturday, May 15, 11AM to 1PM.

There will be exhibits and live demonstrations. The latest energy-efficient technologies will be featured. There will be games and crafts for kids and free food will be provided. You can call GRU Community Relations at 352-393-1005 for more information.

Boston Auditorium Renovated with Recycled Materials by rdow
April 17, 2010, 7:27 pm
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This CNN news story shows how recycling can be innovative, economical, and environmentally friendly. The city planned to remodel this auditorium, but then didn’t have the funds due to the changing economy. They decided to renovate it using recycled materials instead. Under the original plan, renovations were estimated at $1100 per foot. The actual cost, because they used recycled materials, was $278 per foot. And it looks AMAZING. Check out the video here: