The “Me” Society-Annotated Bibliography

The“Me” Society-Annotated Bibliography

AnnotatedBibliography

Weeks,L. (2012, March 14). Pleaseread this story, thank you. NPR.Retrieved February 22, 2014, fromhttp://www.npr.org/2012/03/09/148295675/please-read-this-story-thank-you

Thearticle tries to explore the changing trends in the way peopleinteract in their day to day activities. He engages the reader totake an experiment and notice how things have changed. Thetraditional magic words like “please”, “thank you” and“you’re welcome” which most individuals learn as children areslowly fading away. Weeks argues that, instead, this words have beenreplaced by casual words, like “got it” for thank you, “sure/youbet/no problem” for you’re welcome. The article tries to show theway people have become so self-centered in that they do not evennotice others or appreciate them. However the author also engagesprofessionals like Gregory E. Smith a veteran psychiatrist whosupports his view that, courteous words are no longer as important.In addition, professionals in the field of manners like Lisa Gacheone of the founders of Beverly Hills Manners is of the author’sopinion that manners are slowly vanishing.

Thisarticle is of particular importance to my essay in which am trying toestablish the ‘me’ society in America. The point of viewexpressed by Weeks is a characteristic of this society and will helpin explaining why the American society today is all about ‘me’not ‘you’. The source is credible as the author engages expertsin the field of manners. Besides, the article is not biased as italso considers experts with disagreeing view. For instance, CindyPost Sennings an etiquette mogul argues that manners are still there,only that people have changed the way they express them. It does nothave to be in the traditional way.

Brooks,D. (2011, May 30). It`snot about you.The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2014, fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/opinion/31brooks.html?_r=0

Thearticle provides the societal perception of ‘me’ in great depthusing fresh graduates as an example. According to the author, thesociety compels young people into becoming what they desire to be, tofollow their passion, to live their dreams or even find their ownhappiness. However, the article explains why this is a misconception.According to Brook, it’s not about you, it’s actually aboutothers. To achieve happiness, to live one’s dream, one must foregohappiness in the first place. One must also lose himself, and becomesomething else.

Thisarticle is important in my research because, it provides an opposingview of the ‘me’ society. The author does not oppose that we livein the ‘me’ society, but he tries to demystify the ‘me’society which will enrich my essay in trying to show the societalperception of the ‘me’ society. Yet, it will enlighten myresearch with the vehement examples the Brooks provides throughoutthe article.

Mackey,M. (2012, January 28). The`take care of me` society is wrecking the USA| The Fiscal Times. The Fiscal Times. Retrieved February 22, 2014,fromhttp://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/01/28/The-Take-Care-of-Me-Society-is-Wrecking-the-USA

Thearticle is talking of the way the American society has become a “takecare of me” society and the effects it has. Americans are of theperception that, there’s always more money in the other person’spocket, hence they need to be helped. Despite majority of peopleworking hard through school, finding a good job somewhere, there isalways the perception that the government needs to do something forthem. This has hindered economic development in America, since thedeserving population does not get boosts from the government. MaureenMackey of the Fiscal Times engages Charles Sykes in an interview toexplore how the American society has become a “take care of mesociety”.

Thearticle will be useful in my research as it provides a broaderperspective of the ‘me’ society that we live in today. Thearticle uses expert’s opinion of Sykes, who is a renowned writerand researcher. His opinions are also founded on his Book where hetalks of the “Moocher culture”. The article will expand myunderstanding beyond socio-economic to political view point of the‘me’ society.

References

Brooks,D. (2011, May 30). It`snot about you.The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2014, fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/opinion/31brooks.html?_r=0

Mackey,M. (2012, January 28). The`take care of me` society is wrecking the USA| The Fiscal Times. The Fiscal Times. Retrieved February 22, 2014,fromhttp://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/01/28/The-Take-Care-of-Me-Society-is-Wrecking-the-USA

Weeks,L. (2012, March 14). Pleaseread this story, thank you. NPR.Retrieved February 22, 2014, fromhttp://www.npr.org/2012/03/09/148295675/please-read-this-story-thank-you