Thursday, December 20, 2012

What Intrigues Me? (NYU Supplement Question)

So let me guess. You probably think it's simple. Some farmer somewhere just simply cultivates his crops and sells it to the grocery store who sells it to us, the consumers. Duh, right? False. Actually, there are huge monopolies and injustices tied to raw food production. Times have changed. Businesses have evolved. For better? For worse? Being a person who considers herself to have a kind heart, I find it intriguing: the lengths people have gone over time just for money. The film "Food, Inc." does a fine job at depicting what modern farmers must go through as they try to keep food on the table while being forced to corrupt the food itself. Things have been overlooked by the government, by companies, and even by ordinary people. However the industry has spun out of control to such an extent that no one has been able to stop it. One reason that this film was so significant to me is because I see a lot of parallels between the food market and the music industry. The media is also owned by a very small number of corporations who dominate everything that we digest on TV, in magazines, and on the radio. Many people don't realize what they are being sucked into. They think it's all just a matter of who's talented, when it's really a strategic game of "Who can fool the most consumers?" The real question is, who will rise to the scene and propel change for both of these industries? Well, you're reading the words of someone who's already on the mission.