Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Current American Dream

The current American Dream has not changed completely over the decades, but has been redefined by it's new ages. It remains to be the simple thought of building yourself up to be something that you can look at as a success and be proud of as the true hard working citizen you are. Much like the new improvements in people, economy and the environment there are new improvements in the ideas which will vary in little ways over time, but keep the same structure of living a better life by making goals in your own life to reach that American Dream.


The 1990's was more of a modern time filled with new ideas and creations. That's what Americans were after, the new invention. In 1992 the world wide web was invented. With the new types of media or even the introduction to the internet people saw technology as something to start using or depend on. During this time not only were technologies coming alive, but new generations of people were being reinvented. Graduation rates for high schools had increased.


The 80's was an eye opener to a lot of new things. New music, new styles, new points of view on life and new technology. Music was a big hit for the 80's and so was the technology. Middle class was the basic American dream. A home, family, job and fun was basically what everyone needed to live a happy life.

"In the Eighties, we redefined the American Dream, and those years defined us. We are the generation in between strife and facing strife and not turning our backs. The Eighties may have made us idealistic, but it's that idealism that will push us and be passed on to our children - the first children of the twenty-first century. Never forget: We are the children of the Eighties."


The 1970's introduced some major accomplishments in America. Many new inventions were being created and people started to question many points in society. The Vietnam war was coming to an end and the Cold war seemed to be making headlines. Women continued their fight for equality and feminism took hold. People began to demand an end to the discrimination.


The period of the flower child!!!
During the 1960 many babies from World War 2 were now young adults and teenagers. Hungry for stability and less violence, the generation began the time period with new expressions of art and the common motto of "Peace, love, and Happiness." This was the time of the hippies. These peace loving "Hippies" were also very well educated and spent time questioning the habits and political choices the government made and whether or not America should be involved in the current wars that were going on. Putting an end to the corruption in the government and living wholesome family filled lives. During this time many young adults decided to experience new experimental drugs, bringing on psychedelic art and and rebellion again conformity, restrictions based on social ideas, and basically any other rules they could go against. People wanted to take hold of their future and succeed in their pursuit of the peaceful and free American dream.


The 1950's American Dream was about having a home in the suburbs with a white picket fence, driveway and back/front yard. The house will consist of a happy family that enjoys the company of the member's.


In the 1940s, the radio was a popular invention. It provided not only local news, but international news. That technology made a huge impact to America. Also that happy family illustrate that the american dream includes a happy family. Americans mostly want to be rich is because they want to have a good life with their family members.


During this time the American Dream was going through one of it's rough times. People were hit by The Great Depression and were trying to pull themselves together. Money was scarce and budgets were tight, but many still looked towards the brighter side. Many people tried to cheer up by going to the movies or listen to the radio. It was around this time where things gave a turn for the worse and yet people still made the best of a bad situation.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What is the American Dream?

The "American Dream" is an idea that has always been different throughout time, but it changes in various forms and in the end involves success. The "American Dream" was a term used by the American people and people wanting to become American. The "American Dream" was always the idea that you can become a success and walk the streets that are paved with gold. This is true in a partial way, but the true "American Dream" is that with some work and determination anyone can build themselves up in the economic class system.