Where We Stand: Class Matters - Chapter 7: The Me-Me Class: The Young and the Ruthless Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 7: The Me-Me Class: The Young and the Ruthless Summary and Analysis

Most foreigners think that everyone in the United States is rich. Much of this fantasy has been created through the media, especially by television. Even if one turns off the TV, he is surrounded by advertising and reminders of the opulence and materialism that awaits us. Research shows that the favorite pastime of teenagers is shopping. Designer clothes and fancy cars have become the norm. Those who don't aspire or achieve the good life are losers. Major issues threatening the nation, like racism and classism, are in large part ignored.

The envy felt by children who cannot have designer clothing and high-tech gadgets is internalized into shame and externalized into violence. The grand lifestyle of the rich, white teenager is depicted in movies like "Clueless...

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