The Bachelor Pad as Cultural Icon
The article “The Bachelor Pad as Cultural Icon” draws attention to the American culture of “masculine” especially the bachelors on their consumer pleasure. It talks of men designed magazines which are fast-moving in libraries and stores and this gives the picture of modernity in the lifestyles of most American men. The Bachelor Pad, Esquire, Playboy, Rogue and Escapade are examples of magazines whose selling rate suggests their significance in “masculine” arena in America (Osgerby 99).
The presence of gender designed magazines suggests that authors are quite aware of the needs of today’s men. Playboy, for instance, provides a general idea of the available designs of furniture (Osgerby 100). This is an area of interest for most men, and this may help to understand the great demand of the periodical publication. In addition, the magazine has other content regarded as masculine pleasures such as pornographic, foreign travel and fashionable menswear. The article is generally about male consumerism of written work and what authors of the works lay emphasis on in a bid to attract their consumers’ desire.
Relevance of the Argument
The article points out at the modern culture of an American man; it explores through the various products and what they offer to their target customers. Modern male consumerism is displayed to be characterized by self-consciousness, self-expression, and individuality.
The article “Indigenous Education: Who’s Write?” begins with a note on the importance of education to the society. It seems to draw attention on how some cultural values are lost through the modern education. Language decay has been used to describe the situation while Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander have been used in the case study. According to the article, language is an important component in culture preservation; language binds a community and is used in culture identification (“Indigenous Education: Who’s Write?” 5).
Relevance of the Argument
The two main issues which are facing great controversy are modern education and indigenous language. While the two are important to the mentioned communities, they are presenting the communities with major challenges.
Response to the Readings
Culture is an important part in any society – both contemporary and traditional one. As evident from the two articles, the needs of people are based on their culture. Identification of culture is thus vital when determining what to give priority during the provision of products and services. For instance, language has been identified as crucial while solving drug abuse related issues among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (“Indigenous Education: Who’s Write?” 12). Similarly, the American gender based magazines have been designed with knowledge of what the masculine in the American culture needs.