As a group we decided to review the video clip “The Joy of Garbage” where several college campuses are now offering Liberal Arts courses such as “The Simpsons and Philosophy,” “The History of Shopping,” and “The Joy of Garbage. ” These courses are being taught at major universities such as Cal State Berkeley, Yale, and Rutgers University. Universities are offering these popular courses with hopes of bringing life back into colleges. While many individuals would consider the classes to be pointless, students at Santa Clara University are learning there is more to garbage than sorting recyclables from regular trash.
Students have experienced the meaning of science in garbage. For example, trash that rots breaks down, combustible, and has positive and negative effects on the environment (Stanek, 2012). Components of Symbolic Perspective Looking at this from a symbolic interaction perspective television shows like “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” portrays the typical dysfunctional American family where the father is a negligent alcoholic, the mother is a home-maker, and the children are socially awkward. We feel that individuals in society tend to mimic these behaviors since they think behaviors demonstrated by the characters are cool.
Another perfect example is teens smoking cigarettes because commercials lead teenagers to believe it is the cool thing to do. While courses provided on “The Joy of Garbage” and “The History of Shopping” can be informative, it has been hard to understand the validity of college courses on “The Simpsons” and “Philosophy. ” Many people have different opinions and cultures that would think of these television shows as being productive and entertainment. Depending on different cultures and individuals points of view the norms and values demonstrated in these television shows may help shape our society.
As a group we believe that these television shows demonstrate more of a better conflict perspective because they reflect social inequality, reinforces patterns of dominance, and they are constantly opposing cultures around the world. Although TV shows like the Simpsons and family guy don’t bring any good to society, many of these courses like “The Simpsons Philosophy”, “Yankees Stadium”, and “The Art of Walking” may be idle interactions perspective’s because they maintain communication through face to face interaction.
Another great example is the cultural variation exchange these courses may have to offer. Conclusion In conclusion our team considers “The Joy of Garbage” to fall under the interactionism perspective because the characters customs and traditions are exchanged through the groups and media. Cultures and backgrounds explore and consist of face to face interactions.
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