A while back I made a statement in another thread where I stated that I think people confuse the American economy with our culture and I was wondering what other people might think of this statement.
One of the reasons I believe this to be true is that we are inundated as a society by mass market media. There is no corner of American society that is untouched by mass “information”. This information that we receive is fettered by individuals whose main objective is to affect our self image in order to scare us into consumption of goods that may or may not be necessary to alleviate those fears. The corporation benefits from this consumption and to a lesser degree so do we (if our needs are truly alleviated). Thus our economy is benefited.
Becasue of this it becomes difficult to see where our economy ends and American culture begins. Is America defined by the “stuff” it produces? For example, are we an embodiment the Ford assembly line and all the other material ingenuities produced to benefit our economy?
Does anyone have any examples where our economy and our culture intermesh? Does anyone think this is just nonsense and need to speak up?