A critical part of being American is challenging yourself and pushing the limits you set on yourself. In Moxie, by Jennifer Mathieu, a girl speaks her mind to make a permanent change in her life. Viv, the main
Kelsey, I totally agree! The American Dream is to be successful, have a big house and have a good family. But shouldn’t we be proud that we are living in America? We have freedoms that others not living in America could only dream of.
When most people think of being American, they think of bald eagles and guns. But when I think of America I think of liberty, putting in the work to achieve your dreams and accepting and embracing people with
This is very intriguing Megan. It sounds to me as if you’re idea of what it means to American is mostly surrounding tolerance, with some of the American Dream mixed in there. I do have questions about the true good intentions of Nike with the Kaerpernick ad, but mostly because I’m a very corporate individual and think that it was probably to sell shoes and decided that it was a good way to attract a younger market. I also kind of laughed when I read that most people think it was Americans and Guns, but this article published by businessinsider.com (https://www.businessinsider.com/heres-what-the-world-really-thinks-of-america-2016-8) does show that most people view America as a very brash, consumerist society, which worries me, but some people say we’re nice and accepting, which is a great consolation prize.
I like how you used symbols of American culture to represent the American value freedom. The symbols of eagles and guns are good symbols of America. I also, like how you included the event with Colin Kaepernick as an example for how Americans stand up for their freedom.
This is interesting Megan. I like how you talked about different topics and talked about consumerism. The things we buy are a big part of our lives and the Nike/Kaepernick ad is proof of that. I agree with you that i America we should be able to be who we are and stand for what we believe in. The Oprah quote was a good one.
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