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American Culture Values
Keith Byrd
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American Culture Values American Culture is a combination of history, traditions, holidays, customs, religious beliefs and values. It also encompasses spirits, arts - to include visual, musical, and dance, cinema, literature and food. American Culture has been heavily influenced by the Europeans, British, and other Eastern World Civilizations. Our National holidays, sporting events, military and even our government all have been influenced by Eastern World Civilization. Our architectural designs, cars, fashion, and firearms all have Eastern influences. Calendars are a major influence on holidays and US history and religious traditions. National patriarchs, US history and Religious traditions are all a part of the reason that the United States observes holidays and traditions. National holidays like Washington’s Birthday, Independence Day and Christmas are just a few of the traditions and holidays that are influenced by Religion, National patriarchs and US history. In 1879, Washington's Birthday was declared a National holiday by an act of Congress. In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Act started to commemorate Washington's birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February, which is now know in the American Culture as "President's Day." Independence Day, also known as the fourth of July, is the day that we celebrate in commemoration of the United States gaining independence from England in 1776. Christmas is supposedly the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. But giving gifts and Christmas tree decorations are more secular than Christianity. With the lights and other means of illumination is considered by some as a celebration of the Roman Festival in which the Romans celebrated the "birthday of the conquering sun," which is commemorated on December 25th, the longest night of the year. These are just some of the traditional calendar holidays in which Religion, US History and National patriarchs has had a tremendous influence.(Zook, n.d.)
Music and music videos also has a great influence on values with the youth in American culture. BET/VH-1 has made it easier for us to not only hear but also see our favorite artists and videos. Television shows such as BET's 106 & Park and MTV's MTV
Cribs have our culture in a total misdirection on how life is perceived. From the way we dress, hairstyles we wear and even the way that we may act. Whether it is the tight jeans and white t-shirt of rappers Lil' Wayne and Drake or the hairstyles of Rihanna and Lady
GaGa, it all has made our culture in America a place of many different styles of character. Now with the South on top of the Hip - Hop world, there are a lot of dance songs that has taken our culture by storm, from the youthful Soulja - Boy's "Crank Dat" dance to "Swag Surfin" performed by the Fast Life Yungstaz, it all makes for a different world of music compared to the days of Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Tu-Pac, Biggie and even Boyz II Men and Silk. These television stations also have popular programs such as the "MTV Cribs" and "Living Large" has taught our culture how to live a lavish lifestyle that is neither common nor factorial to the average person in our culture today. When these shows are being watched by our society, they begin to think that this is the watt of life for everyone. We are not the artist that is being interviewed and for the most part, we as the consumer of these artists' music, do not know if these artist's actually own these mansions, luxurious cars and platinum and or diamond studded jewelry that has become so accustom to the music world. These are the types of hinges that has our culture in an up-roar about trying to make money anyway that they can; usually on the streets selling drugs, guns or even by prostitution and pimping. In our culture, we have got to learn what is real from TV and what is music from what is truthfully living life at a level of comfort that is not taking a toll on our culture or way of life in our communities today.
McDonald's is another socio-economical influence on American Culture, from the Golden Arches to the slogan of "I'm Loving It!" We are all accustom to the McDonald's franchise. Even if you are a lover of the world famous "Big Mac" and their golden french fried or you are more of a healthier eater and prefer McDonald's delicious salads topped with chicken or even no meat at all. These types of meals are quick and affordable, but are they good for the body? Yet it is convenient and taste good, it can be detrimental to the body! It can cause heart disease, high blood pressure and the widely discussed, obesity. The values of American culture greatly influenced the thought process and decision making. Society has been so entangled into what has and is popular through music television, magazines, and advertisement that we are somewhat living in a fantasy world. Trying to keep up with all the trends and popular styles of influenced American culture can have us all bankrupt or in serious debt, locked up or dead, or obese and struggling with heart disease and or high blood pressure and diabetes. Being very aware of the cultures of America, I put forth a conscience effort to do what is right from eating to plan out everyday living.

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