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Fast Food Nation was an interesting film, I had never heard of it before this class. The movie was quite familiar due to the scene about the Mexican immigrants illegally traveling to the United States. The high school student working at a fast food establishment, the marketing guru and the huge meat packaging company are all important to the production of fast food. The movie in a way confirmed that immigrant workers are taken advantage of in the meat packing industry and how their lives can be made or broken based on these jobs. Schlosser’s “the most dangerous job” touches on this topic. I still believe its ironic that the meat packing industry went from being the most dangerous job to great improvements to back being an extremely dangerous job. The guy that had his leg chopped off while cleaning affirmed Schlosser’s belief that the clean up crew has some of the most dangerous jobs. The young married women at the end had the most impact on me because she hard to do multiple things in order to survive and take care of her husband once he got hurt; I say the disgust and fear in her eyes, very powerful. I thought it was very shocking to see that Don (the marketer) basically sweep the fact that manure was in the meat under the rug. It’s quite disgusting actually, this could be real life situation!

I only have one question to pose: Why some immigrants chose to come to the United States knowing that they will be cornered into dangerous and abusive jobs?

- I don’t think I would travel so far knowing that I would most likely be stuck in a job that would get me no where.

2 Responses to “The Significance of a Fast Food Nation”

  1. jfratkin says:

    I feel like anyone coming to work in a slaughterhouse does not really have any other option. They make far more than any job they had in Mexico, and there are also opportunities to move up if they are really good at the job. It also isn’t just themselves that they need to support. They have families that are either still in Mexico or immigrated with them, and they are desperate to find a way to support them. The job clearly is horrible, but they most likely don’t know anything better or have no other options.

  2. jlvan says:

    The other important thing to note is that while jobs may not even exist or are of similar poor quality south of the US, there is also a stigma about the US that draws people with the hope of achieving higher. Even though we have scum work here in the states, the draw of climbing the ladder from there on upward is enough to get people to cross the border and to stick it out. Still, I was less disgusted by Don’s nihilism and more so by the violent dismembering of the factory workers in machine accidents… but that’s an entirely new realm to dive into. All in all, a job is better than no job for most.

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