Can you observe in our society trends like alienation, the pressure to conform, the loss of identity, family relationships, and greed.
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Absolutely, yes. Most fashion is dictated by what television stars or movie stars wear. Video games isolate the players from the "real world". Most families tend to eat meals around the TV rather than around the dinner table. And, there are often multiple televisions in a house further isolating family members from one another. Young people and old people for that matter have ipods and cell phones. People are in constant communication with others who are not present with them. Or, they are constantly bombarded with noise from their ipods.
The economic situation further isolates and alienates. If a parent has one job that is minimum wage, then that parent is really stuck unless he or she gets a second job. Then, who is with the kids? People make just enough money to get by, and rarely enough to move up socially.
The pressure to conform is a type of materialism that seems to be dissipating somewhat with the current economic recession. But many young people pressure their parents into buying the latest gadget, ipod, cell phone, new shoes, fancy dress, etc. Many young women feel pressured to have the perfect body to the that they develop eating disorders.
The loss of identity I think comes with being assigned a number at birth and using that number for practically everything in school and business. Eventually, your number is more important than your name.
Another loss of identity is seen with persons from another religious background "say muslim" enter out country, and due to peer pressure, feel the need to conform in dress and fashion to western styles.
I see all of those things in the students. I see many of them becoming alienated in their playing of computer games. While they ma be linked electronically, playing video games alone in a dark room is definitely not healthy.
More and more the pressure to conform can be seen in the politics of the day. Democrats and Republicans refuse to disagree with member so of their own party and this has resulted in a severe polarization of 50/50 in a country that should be more at 90/10 all working together. I don't think either party can find any good in the other side which makes it even more destructive.
I see family relationships dwindling as more and more people find it harder to hang onto their job. More and more people need work to maintain a meager existence and parents leave children in the care of others, children are with their own friends, and relationships are becoming murkier by the day.
As for greed, that is a component of a capitalist society which will never go away, nor should it. It isn't necessarily bad.
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