21 May, 2016 00:02

On May 2, 2016, we discussed different ideologies that continue to impact Cultural Theory. The American Dream is an idea that a person’s level of success is made by the amount of work you put in. Many people immigrate to the US to seek a better chance at life. This can include getting a job with a higher wage and benefits. The catch is, this idea symbolically erases the struggles that intertwine with your place in society. This idea is almost impossible to achieve depending on your sex, race, class, or sexuality. Any of these factors can limit your chance at success.
At a young age, we are taught to study and stay in school. However, how far can you get with a college degree? Although it is satisfying to earn an education, it almost feels like it’s not enough. Thousands of dollars in debt and waiting on a potential job leaves us contemplating if this ‘American Dream’ is simply just a dream? Years ago, my profession only required a bachelors degree, but not anymore. Most people are required to at least earn a Masters degree.

How do you guys feel about the American Dream? Do you think it’s possible to achieve it?
-Victoria Mozatto

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3 thoughts on “21 May, 2016 00:02

  1. The American Dream is as fake as Disney World. I stopped trying to achieve it years ago, because given the many factors that are already held against me in this society like my race, my gender, and sexuality I realized I was chasing an imaginary pot of gold never really located at the end of the rainbow. I learned that the “Dream” was a social construct created and used to maintain a sense of order but to also ensure that those in power or those with already established social capital remain on top. I used to believe in it, so I went to school, did the “right” things in life, yet I’m already a few thousands in debt from school loans by itself. Degrees mean nothing now without attached trained experience to accompany it. My Bachelors is going to be worthless, but I doing it not for the American Dream but for my personal growth and well being. I want to be able to continue to provide for my family and I also want my children to see that hard work pays off although it may not get you to the top of the social ladder, hopefully you won’t be living week to week, like so many in the US are.

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  2. With every passing generation, I believe that the American dream has continuously evolved. Sadly, with that constant evolution, the standards and means of attaining the American Dream get harder. It’s a false dream that we continue to sell because America loves to sell itself as the golden child. Sell the people this great idea but make it near impossible to achieve if you aren’t a privileged white American male. In the case that you don’t meet this requirement, you have to work above and beyond to achieve this. There are plenty of roadblocks to keep someone busy; race, gender and sexual orientation all come in to play against the individual. By the time this person had been bent over backwards, it’s too late… They are now realizing that the American Dream is just that—a dream. A dream manufactured by those more privileged to keep the underdog working day and night towards something that realistically maybe one lucky person will reach. Hopefully you’d be the lucky one to ride along on their coattail to see said dream play out.

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  3. Hi Victoria!
    I completely agree with your post. Growing up, we are constantly fed this idea that with hard work and dedication anything can be achieved. They failed to tell us that in reality society does not function in that manner. Each individual has their own set of hurdles and faces their own reality. It is unfair to say that everyone has an equal opportunity but the media feeds this into society. I feel like those “in charge” encourage that this message be shared because it blinds the people from the inequalities we face.

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