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I watched the 10th anniversary edition of Reservoir Dogs yesterday, which has resulted in a peculiar side-effect. Since watching, the song Like a Virgin keeps running through my head. As disturbing as it is to find a wretched Madonna song haunting one's subconscious, this is that much worse. First, because the song itself doesn't actually play at any point in the movie, its invasion seems that much more insidious. Second, the context of the discussion of the tune in the movie just keeps conjuring up unfortunate imagery. *Shudder*.

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Re: Fast Food Nation
May 21, 2004, 12:38
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Re: Fast Food Nation May 21, 2004, 12:38
May 21, 2004, 12:38
 
...sorry if I sounded a bit rantish myself.

Not at all -- no worries.

Quite a large part of the book, for me at least, was the complaint about how McDonalds has homogonized many of the industries that support it, like meatpacking, potato farming, and dairy. It also addressed the killing off local food industries as well. Now those are valid points, and some are upset by that. That was the "ranting" I was referring to, and it takes up fully half the book, the 1st four chapters.

Well I think part of that is to uncover some of the globalization issues involved, and tie into how fast food has remodeled the suburban landscape here and all over the world.

But more to the point, it is important to demonstrate the relationship between MickeyDees and its suppliers to acknowledge how they drive the industries that process their food, rather than being the victim of it... otherwise it's hard to make the case that problems with fast food are the fault of the fast food industry itself, rather than their suppliers.

To me, that should've been a secondary concern of the book. I would like to have read more about the meat, the fries, the actual food themselves. That was addressed later on in the book, but not to the extent I thought it should have been. From the reactions from people like yourself saying you'll never eat McDonalds again, I was expecting "The Jungle" type stuff where human remains are in the meat or bugs are routinely mixed in or stuff like that.

The book references The Jungle repeatedly, but if all it was doing was repeating its allegations related to fast food, it would not need to have been written.

Maybe just all the hype of people swearing to never eat McDonalds again made me raise my expectations of what I was going to get out of this book. However, 8 years of good recommendations heavily outweighs one that didn't satisfy me

I'm not sure I follow that (not that it's important, as I said, you are more than entitled to your own opinion about all this)... are you saying that one of the reasons you will continue to eat at McDonalds is because people have been recomending it to you for years? I'm also slightly curious that you thought this would get you to swear off fast food by being like The Jungle if The Jungle itself didn't get you to swear off meat either?

Which makes me ask you another question. If you were at a baseball/football game, would you eat a hot dog from a vendor? It would seem to me since you won't eat McDonalds anymore, the exact same concerns should prevent you from eating hot dogs since they are packaged by the same plants involved.

That's phrased like you think you have painted me into some sort of logical corner. The answer is, I probably would not, but that's not to say I definitely wouldn't... I've taken no vows in this regard. I would definitely be wary of the mystery meat, even were it a Hebrew National or a Sabretts, but I am not a vegitarian, and still do eat whatever I feel like.

I'd still be that much less likely to eat anything from McDonald's though... it may not have had that effect on you, but along with concerns abut meat processing, that book made me very wary of the way they choose to go about their business, and the impact its having on the world around us.

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