For this first in-class essay, I learned a lot about culture as a whole and how many artifacts make up different aspects of American culture. Overall, I found it interesting how countless man-made items are seen as representing American culture. Before researching and writing on this topic, I thought I understood what culture meant. Now, I see how it plays a vital, yet sometimes unknown, role in life and how many everyday items can be used to describe a huge part of existence. In brief, learning about the subject of culture has caused me to be further aware and notice my surroundings more carefully; it is remarkable that our lives and the way we exist can be seen through technology, music, food, and just about anything else.
This essay pushed me to look a little further, and I did this by observing my surroundings and experiences with more thought. As a reader, I tried to go beyond the text and use what each author was saying as examples in my own life; it was important that I made connections between the script and my being. Equally, as a writer, I too had to dig deeper to ensure my point was getting across to the reader. In order to do so, I used excerpts from my own life and included personal feelings or emotions. Lastly, as a thinker I was required to think of an object that represented culture for Americans as a whole and not just only for myself.