Blog Post #2
Reflecting back on what we discussed in week 3 in class, watching the documentary series about how sweatshops are easily ignored when it comes to purchasing clothing items, and how that we are easily influenced by the price point, and not the labor/methods that are involved in making that item. It just makes me think that the day and age we live in, we look for the easiest, most efficient ways to do things, and we tend to ignore the problems that underlay these methods. Looking back 200 years ago, where we actually raised our food from scratch, fast forward to current times, we can just simply walk within a mile radius and find a common fast food chain and get a burger for a buck. Where that burger came from? How was it processed? Is it healthy? We don’t really care, because that burger was for a dollar, we tend to justify that it’s worth it because it doesn’t have no effect on us. This can be exactly said about the clothing industry, and on top of that, since these workshops are in foreign countries, we are blind from the whole process, therefore we give the benefit of the doubt to the companies and think that it is okay to purchase the clothes.
The article about how 8 out of 10 Americans watch cooking shows sort of emphasizes on how people tend to live simpler lives. First off, the cooking shows makes preparing the food look easy, which influences viewers saying “hey, I could do this as well”. Second, 57% have purchased something food-related and 36% have purchased an appliance, I kind of think of this as where they show all the cool things it can do, and of course it is going to look useful. However, when you actually have it, do you really need it? Because next thing you know, you’re back at McDonald’s because you’re too “lazy” to cook.
As Jodie Layne wrote “I don’t think that we needed to send three fashion bloggers to Cambodia to really grasp the disparity between the lifestyle of a sweatshop worker…”(https://www.bustle.com/articles/60866-norwegian-fashion-bloggers-crying-in-sweatshops-kinda-feels-like-the-opposite-of-raising-awareness), I thought the format of how the sweatshops displayed was a little off. Not only it felt like the trip for the three teenagers was really condensed, it felt scripted in a way as well. For example, were they able to talk back and forth with Cambodian workers that easy? Or was there a translator, and if there was one, why wasn’t the translator there?
Lastly, the Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” was an interesting way to show current events. It almost felt like he used food as a decoy, and used his resources to subtly show the social issues that was surrounding him. I mean, what was the point talking to the girl who needed to renew her visa in the cafe? In a food standpoint, there was nothing significant to take away from it. The main focus for that moment, felt like it was on her, and how she loved the city and how it was her safe haven from all the troubles that was home. The writer had a good point, maybe Bourdain was somewhat spoiled, and it is easy to love something where you don’t have to necessarily deal with the negatives everyday of your life. I think of this as renting a decent car, you’re going to drive it like crazy, and like it because you don’t have to deal with the repercussions later. However, Bourdian is aware of the issues surrounding him, and I think the sense of danger, yet the people in Beirut live in harmony is beautiful in its own way, and nowhere really offers that is what Bourdian’s trying to show here.