Ellen uses the research done by Anne E. Becker, an anthropologist and associate professor of medical anthropology at Harvard medical school to back her claim as to how the Television had an impact on teenage girls of Fiji in the way they viewed their body. The eating disorder which this teenage girls practice to look like actress in popular Television shows. Although media houses do not want to recognize the fact that it has a role in creating the above mentioned effect. Goodman states, “Something happened in 1995. A western mirror was shoved into the Face of Fijian. Television came to island (Goodman608).” Television was introduced and teenage g...
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...y giving example of Calista Flockhert. Goodman is effectively limiting her claim by stating “ I’m not surprised by research showing that eating disorder are cultural byproduct ( 609).” The writer’s argument in this piece is epideictic in nature. It deals with current issues and addresses questions of blame, Ellen Goodman proves with her essay that drastic cultural change in Fiji was because of Television.
Goodman, Ellen. "The Culture of Thin Bites Fiji." Everything’s an Argument. Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. 608-609.
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