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A Desensitzed Society-Deviant Assignment-Snow Skiing in the Summer
Accomplishments of the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act , The
America's Struggle with British Oppression
back talking to parents-deviant assignment
Breaking the Norm (Deviant Observation Report)
Changing Demographics of the Virginia Colony's Laborers, The
Coloring with deviance-Deviant assignment
Criticisms and counter efforts on the influence of the “Barbie Image” in America
Deviant Times in Chicago (Deviant Assignment)
Digital Dating Experience, The
Dinner and a Show-Deviant Project Derry
Dog Gone Wild
Domestic Violence in African American Homes
Domestic Violence in American Homes
Effects of Fox News and MSNBC on America's Politcial Views
Emotional And Psychological Effects Of Abortion On American Women
Enlightenment Period, The
Environmental Transformation of America by the Native North American Inhabitants, The
Equality In Marriage
Equality in the Eyes of the Revolutionary Leaders
Extent of Truisms in American Comedy on Blue Collar Values, The
Factors that Encouraged Europeans’ to Pursue Voyages of Exploration
Failure of Georgia's Small Farmer's Utopia, The
Faults and Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
Footies in Walmart (Deviant Assignment)
George Grenville's Acts, The
How did the Iroquois nation gain strength from its contacts with white colonies?
How the war affected black slaves during the Civil War
Human Trafficking - It Happens Here, It's Happening Now
Influence of Barbie on Gender Identity
It's too d*** hot for a penguin to just be walking around here!
Jabbar's Deviant Assignment (Deviant Observation Report)
John's Deviant Assignment (Deviant Observation Report)
Lagrange Road Drag Racing at 5mph (Deviant Assignment)
Let's Dance (Deviant Observation Report)
Manifest Dysfunctions of Internet Dating
MVCC SOC 102-592 S1-3
Protected Shopping (Deviant Assignment)
Puking In Public- Deviant Assignment
Roaming Free (Deviant Assignment)
Role of Sugar and Tobacco in Virginia and the Caribbean Colonies, The
Sexuality, Teens, and the Media
Slavery in America - Sex Trafficking
Slaves Lives during the War - Revolutionary War
soup...salad...with a side of awkwardness
Speedo on the Beach- Deviant Assignment
Sugar Act & Stamp Act – George Grenville Generating Revenue
Sugar and Tobacco in Virginia and the Caribbean
Taylor's Deviant Assignment (Deviant Observation Report)
War on terror in a functionalist’s perspective
What role did the Congregational church play in life of New England villages?
What role did the Congregational church play in the life of New England villages?
When Summer and Winter Meet - Deviant Assignment
Why Didn’t New England Develop a Slave Based Plantation Economy?
Institutional Supports for Abortion in America
Extent of Truisms in American Comedy on Blue Collar Values, The
The Extent of Truisms in American Comedy
In today’s society, we live in a white collar obsessed world, belittling the significance of blue collar workers. Most high school students graduate with the intent to go on to college in order to achieve a white collar career (Brown, 2008). American comedy abuses blue collar career values in order to humor the white collar class. They feel the blue collar life style is more of a joke and do not take it seriously. They use American comedy to stretch the worth of blue collar jobs, make fun of their values, and mock their lifestyle. On another note, blue collared workers are the reason why white collared
are possible. If it wasn't for workers
categorized in the blue collared field performing all the "dirty" jobs, white collared job opportunities would not be feasible. Comedy is part of the white and blue collared lifestyle. Without comedy directed towards areas people can relate to or interact with, the world would be a very dull experience to some. It seems that very little comedy is directed towards white collared workers. Of course, skits on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan, and The Daily show poke fun at government politicians, current and former presidents, and other government officials. Hosts either portray characters in office, or perform skits making fun of the economic situation the country is in, unemployment rates, or how bad some officials are at performing at their jobs. No one really talks about shows like Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice, which is a total joke to viewers across the nation. The show sparked a few laughs at first, but resulted in dull realization of the business world and became more of a joke then an actual show. Ratings for the show started to plummet and Donald lost twenty one percent of its season premiere audience, falling to a three eighths rating and share in ad-centric adult 18-49 audience (Rash 2009). Donald was also a target for the on growing popular show celebrity roast on Comedy Central. Comedians took turns roasting Donald about various situations and altercations which happened before and during his current reign as one of the wealthiest men in the world. The roast on Trump could be one of very few comedy related assaults towards the white collared work class. It seems comedy towards blue collared workers is more evident in society than poking fun at the white collared class. In some instances, a person would never hear of jokes aimed towards doctors, lawyers, judges, managers, engineers or any other white collared job titles which carry a high level of prestige. Probably because making fun of blue collared jobs is much more easier task, and more people can relate to blue collared jobs because they were once part of the blue collared work force. Some people find the comedy approach towards the white collared jobs to be the perfect example of what a white collared worker actually is. Suit and tie, nice cars, fancy house, kids and wife are spoiled and happy, and everything in life is just peachy. But little do some people realize, with hard work and determination, any blue collar job could provide the same attributes, with a lot less flare.
Although blue collar jobs are often looked down upon, Americans today do not realize how much blue collar workers contribute to the white collar lifestyle. A white collar worker is a career path in which non manual labor is produced (Brown, 2008). White collar careers consist of surgeons, attorneys, managers, politicians, etc. White collar jobs are created due to blue collar workers creating their work environment (Grey, 2007). For example, when a new hospital is built, prior to the opening, blue collar workers build, matinence, and organize the job site. Blue collar workers make the lifestyle of white collar workers simpler. The work environment in today’s society is impacted mainly on the work produced by the blue collar workers. Another example would be the C.E.O of a company holds a white collar job, yet they still need blue collar workers, such as truck drivers, in order to run their company efficiently.
In some instances white collar workers do in fact have an equivalent work load to blue collar workers. For instance, a doctor is considered to be a white collar job title, yet they do as much manual labor as a blue collar worker. Often when the term blue collar comes to mind, people
categorize their thoughts as lower class, lower wages, and lower standards. A power-plant operator is considered a blue collar job, operating machinery in order to create electrical power used in homes and businesses. Someone with this job title earns an annual wage of fifty-five thousand dollars a year or twenty-five dollars and three cents per hour (Forbes.com, 2006). Even though white collar careers often have higher salaries, there is still a decent amount of money to be made for blue collar workers. Along with a decent salary often comes great company benefits.
Blue collar workers are hard working, self motivated, and often extremely reliable. Although these types of careers can seem grungy to some people, it is a lifestyle in which these workers are able to adapt to in order to support both themselves and their families. Blue collar workers don't use their job as a way of showing off, like a new car, they do it because they have to keep their family going. Sure they may seem dirty and poor but they are happy. Some might say blue collar workers are happier than white collar workers. White collar wants more and more money as they get it. Which is what sets them apart. Many people get the wrong idea about blue collar workers and their values, but they don't see the bigger picture. They are hard working, regular people who are just trying to live life day by day.
American comedy towards blue collar values is as true as the world is flat. American comedy makes Blue collar workers seem like trailer trash hicks. If you where to ask people what they think blue collar means, 90% would say they are hicks who sit around drinking and eating food off their stomachs (Admin). The blue collar comedy tour is a good example. This consist of comedians such as Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Ingvalt, and Ron White. These comedians reference 'blue collar' as being more of a 'down south' and, as they say, "redneck" sub-culture; with the famous lines, "You might be a redneck," and, "get 'er done".The truth is, blue collar workers work harder than more than half white collar workers. People feel that because blue collar workers make less money and have very manual jobs, that it is okay to make fun of them.
The majority of the comedy used today is aimed at blue collar job titles. But what about the white collared workers? It was only until a couple of weeks ago in which i saw a change in how comedy was
to the white
To conclude, Blue collar and white collar jobs are very different but both important. White collar jobs are higher up like surgeons and blue collar jobs are considered lower like garbage men. They both are a way of life, but are not to be taken as a joke. It would be hard for white collar jobs to exist without the strengths of blue collar workers.
“American comedy abuses blue collar career values in order to humor the white collar class. They feel the blue collar life style is more of a joke and do not take it seriously.”
The thesis of this article essentially states that blue collar jobs are so poorly regarded in our society that there are entire comedy rifts devoted to mocking not only the professions but the people who carry out the positions. This idea is a broad generalization of an extremely narrow subject. Americans in general do not poorly regard blue collar laborers. This statement is buttressed with the mention of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. While much of the content of this shows mocked a certain type of lifestyle, very little of the shows content is directly aimed at the American Blue collar worker. Furthermore many comedians of similar racial or ethnic background have toured together. The Kings of Comedy was a comedy tour that featured several black men performing comedy during any given show. The same is true for the Latin Kings of Comedy, which was a group of Hispanic men who performed comedy during any given show. Each comedian performs a different set and typically discusses a myriad of social issues, not just those directly related to the name or “theme” of their show,.
Blue Collar work is synonymous with the long held intuition of the labor union. The Labor Union is a special interest group that advocates for American workers. Their largest representation is that of blue collar or skilled laborers. In recent years Americans have held labor unions in high regards and often agree with improving the working conditions of the American Blue Collar worker. As many as 58% of Americans stand behind labor unions and their practices. Generally speaking Americans believe Labor Unions have vastly improved the working conditions of the American worker. By extension, Americans do not have a laissez faire attitude towards the plight of the American blue collar worker. Nor could I find any substantive documents outlining an American disdain or mockery of the work done by Blue Collar employees.
Essentially the thesis of this article is in direct contradiction of the ideals held by Americans. Historically, the middle class of this country was composed of laborers and artisans. In the early nineteenth century, many middle class Americans were clerks, semi skilled or skilled laborers and craftsmen (Davidson, Delay, Heyrman, Lylte and Stoff 2009.) Middle class people typically were unable to advance their social status, and their future generations would often remain in the same class (Davidson et al. 2009.) Generally speaking, most Americans are only a generation or two removed from blue collar laborers. While the shift in labor composition that accompanied the Industrial Revolution dramatically shifted Americans away from blue collar labor (Davidson et al. 2009,) it does not indicate that Americans no longer value or respect blue collar labor.
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