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1. a. Drawing from CBC Marketplace’s “How fast fashion adds to the world’s clothing waste problem,” summarize what fast fashion is and why fast fashion has become a problem. b. Using an example from your personal life, take us through the life cycle of one article of clothing from “beginning” (when and how you purchased it) to “end” (why and when you stopped wearing it – either by giving it away, repurposing it, etc.) References Marketplace. (2018, January 19). How fast fashion adds to the world’s clothing waste problem (Marketplace) [YouTube]. Retrieved October 1, 2019, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elU32XNj8PM 2. a. Drawing from “The 10 Most Controversial Art Projects of the Last Century,” identify one controversial art project from the list. In your own words, summarize the work. b. In your opinion, what is one positive impact and one negative impact of the controversial art project you selected in Part A? Reference Elbaor, C. (2017, August 31). The 10 Most Controversial Art Projects of the Last Century. Retrieved from https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/top-10-controversial-art-projects563213 3. a. Drawing from CBC Marketplace’s “How fast fashion adds to the world’s clothing waste problem,” summarize what Elizabeth Klein says about fashion recycling programs. b. Of the solutions offered at the end of the video, which do you feel would be easiest and best for you to implement in your personal life? Explain why and how this solution would work best for you. Reference CBC News. (2018, January 19). How fast fashion adds to the world's clothing waste problem (Marketplace) [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elU32XNj8PM 4. a. Write a detailed summary of the healthcare story of 42-year old Reynaldo Lopez from Miller-Medzon (2018)’s “Mental Health Solutions An Uphill Battle in Rural Honduras.” b. Imagine 42-year old Reynaldo was a member of your family. What primary differences might we see in his healthcare story? What similarities might we see in his healthcare story? c.Write a detailed summary of the health care story of 16-year old Gledia from Miller Medzon (2018)’s “Mental Health Solutions An Uphill Battle in Rural Honduras.” d.Imagine 16-year old Gledia was a member of your family. What primary differences might we see in her healthcare story? What similarities might we see in her healthcare story? Reference Miller-Medzon, K. (2018). Mental health solutions an uphill battle in rural honduras. WBUR. https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/07/23/mental-health-rural-hondu ras 5. a. In “Riches From The Deep, the narrator says of the Mitiaro culture: “A good fisherman never grows wealthy, but his status is enhanced when he comes home with a tuna head or two in his basket.” Summarize what this means based on the information provided in the video. b. In your culture, describe the relationship between wealth and status using at least one example. Reference Nordic World. (2011). Riches from the Deep [Video file]. Retrieved March 10, 2019, from https://fed.erau.edu:443/oam/server/obrareq.cgi?encquery %3D43IaFwnkdQgunero5p19GR4Lrwgk6TmwlSq8TBdKAaQjvh394LL tYpbNXztL2vOuJyj DMnhPE%2F%2BiSXKwwnKtK3PAZ89%2Fk6N1Z6XaCSLrELeghnB G3e7c59wgNJpUvJR 6. a.Drawing from “The transformative power of classical music,” what are two ways that Zander (2008) teaches his audience to better understand classical music? b.Name one film you’ve previously watched with classical music in the soundtrack. Describe the way that a classical music soundtrack can impact a film audience. References Zander, B. (2008, June 25). The transformative power of classical music. Retrieved September 17, 2019, from https://www.ted.com/talks/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion 7. a.In “See What The ‘Cool People’ Are Wearing In Four Cities In Africa,” summarize what Hannah Azieb Pool says about African fashion as well as how culture and heritage are expressed through fashion b.How do you communicate your culture and heritage through your personal fashion choices? Provide at least two examples of items you wear. Reference Dimeo-Ediger, W. (2016, June 11). See What The 'Cool People' Are Wearing In Four Cities In Africa. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/06/11/479598324/see-w hat-the-cool people-are-wearing-in-four-cities-in-africa 8. a.In “The Social Construction of Reality,” daily life is considered. What is one argument Berger and Luckmann (1966) make about daily life? b.Consider one daily activity in your life – whether brushing your teeth, cooking, or doing laundry - that might be considered mundane. Going through each step of this daily activity, what does this activity reveal about your cultural identity? Reference Berger, P. (1966). The social construction of reality. Retrieved September 18, 2019, from http://perflensburg.se/Berger+social-construction-of-reality.pdf 9. a.In “The Standards of Beauty Are Based on Culture,” how does Höfel (2010) use Chamelea to explain the concept of beauty in various cultures throughout history. Summarize two historical periods Chamelea traveled in along with the beauty ideals of those two times. b.How have you seen the modern beauty ideal for your culture depicted in your personal life? Consider various types of media (film, television, music, magazine covers, advertising, social media, etc.). References Höfel, L. (2010). The Standards of Beauty Are Based on Culture. In R. Espejo (Ed.), Opposing Viewpoints. The Culture of Beauty. Detroit, MI: Greenhaven Press. (Reprinted from Beauty Under the Magnifying Glass: Is There a Universal Beauty Ideal? (Part III of 'The Psychology of Aesthetic'), Dental Tribune, pp. 16-17, 2005) Retrieved from https://link-gale com.ezproxy.libproxy.db.erau.edu/apps/doc/EJ3010659207/OVIC? u=embry&sid=OVIC&xid=f38738e4 10. a. Drawing from “Cultures, Subcultures, and Countercultures: Crash Course Sociology,” define “mainstream culture” and “subculture.” What is one example of a subculture used in the video? b. From your personal life, share one subculture you have previously or currently been a member of. What were the key attributes and behaviors of that subculture? Reference CrashCourse. (2017, May 22). Cultures, Subcultures, and Countercultures: Crash Course Sociology #11 [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV50AV7-Iwc 11. a.In “It’s a Hip-Hop World,” Chang (2009) says, “Hip-hop culture has become one of the most far-reaching arts movements of the past three decades.” Summarize the evidence of this claim from Chang’s article. b.Describe a hip-hop cultural influence that you’ve encountered in your personal life. Consider not only music but also fashion, movies, and goods Reference Chang, J. (2009, October 12). It's a Hip-Hop World. Retrieved from https://foreignpolicy.com/2009/10/12/its-a-hip-hop-world/ a.Drawing from “The history of African-American social dance,” how does Brown (2016) define the term “social dance?” List three reasons shared in the video for why social dance is important. b.Where have you seen an example of social dance in your own life? Describe the kind of social dance you observed and/or participated in. Reference Brown, C. A. (n.d.). The history of African-American social dance Camille A. Brown. Retrieved from https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-history-of-african-american-social-dance camille-a-brown 12. a. Drawing from “How Online Videos Changed the Dance World,” summarize three ways online access to dance videos has changed the art of dance. b.Based on your personal experiences, would you say that online video sharing through social networking sites (YouTube, Snapchat, etc.) have an overall positive or an overall negative impact on the dance world? Explain your answer. Reference Whittenburg, Z. (2018, January 1). How online videos changed the dance world. Retrieved from https://www.dancemagazine.com/how-online-videos-changed dance-2518906563.html 13. a. In "Traditional Cook Islands fishing techniques," the author writes: "The social prestige of a fisherman in the past was recognized by the quantity of fish he shared among his tribe or village people. Today such prestiges are no longer in existence, because fishermen see new values, that is - money" (p. 268). Using the article, summarize how and why this transition occurred for Cook Island culture b. In your culture, describe the relationship between wealth and status using at least one example. Reference Mokoroa, P. (1981). Traditional Cook Islands fishing techniques. Journal de La Société Des Océanistes, 37(72), 267–270. https://doi.org/10.3406/jso.1981.3067 14. a. After watching the “Converging Cultures” video, explain how the Silk Road created a hybrid world of art. b.In your personal life, where have you seen an example of a hybrid work of art? You can consider film, music, sculpture, etc. List the title and creator of the hybrid work of art as well as a brief description. Reference Converging Cultures. (n.d.). Annenberg Learner. Retrieved August 1, 2020, from https://www.learner.org/series/art-through-time-a-global-view/converging -cultures/
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Question One
Fast fashion is and why Fast Fashion has become a Problem
There has been serious controversy over the impacts of fast fashion on the environment.
Some sources have claimed that fast foods have severe environmental effects on the
environment. In contrast, others have argued in favor of fast fashion, claiming that they are
cheap, cost-effective, and affordable (Marketplace, 2018). Fast fashion is the mass production of
cheap, low-quality, disposable clothing. Reports show that the fast fashion industry churns out
over 80 billion garments every year, over ten garments for every person on earth. The study also
indicates that the current production is 400 percent more than produced 20 years back
(Marketplace, 2018). The clothes waste charity TRAID report issued that the average fast
fashion garment is only worn ten times before it is thrown away. Fast fashion has made clothes
cheaper, low quality, and low pricing. These factors influence people to buy more clothes and to
keep up with the trend.
Fast fashion is argued to take as long as 200 years to decompose. This leads to
environmental pollution. Fashion has a devastating environmental impact (Hwang, 2020). The
industry damages the environment in various ways, including water usage, microfiber,
greenhouse gases, deforestation, toxins, and human rights.
Part B
In December 2019, I purchased a Nike SB Skate Hoodie from NY&C for 55 dollars. I
love skating, and therefore my affinity for skating clothes is high. I usually buy a skating hoodie
every holiday because the clothes are becoming outdated very fast and their prices are low. I

used the cloth for two months, and then I disposed of it. I wore the fabric ten times and disposed
of it. I disposed of it because when we went for a holiday winter holiday the following, there
were already new and more appealing designs in the market trending in the market. I grabbed
one of those new designs and disposed of the "old" one.
References
Hwang, J. (2020). Fast Fashion Consumers' Experiences in Store Environments: Problems,
Confusion, and Avoidance Behaviors (Doctoral dissertation, California State University,
Northridge).
Marketplace. (2018, January 19). How fast fashion adds to the world's clothing waste problem
(Marketplace) [YouTube]. Retrieved October 1, 2019, from
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elU32XNj8PM
Question 2
Summary of a Controversial Art Project

Emma Sulkowicz, Mattress Performance, Carry That Weight (2014–15). Courtesy of Andrew Burton/Getty.

The controversial art of the project of the last century I selected was Emma Sulkowicz,
Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) (2014–15) (Elbaor, 2017). This art is still making

headlines. The art is a college student called Emma Sulkowicz. Emma Sulkowicz endures
performance by carrying a 50 pond mattress around with her wherever she went in New York
City, Columbia Campus. Emma Sulkowicz was alleged to have been raped by a fellow student in
2012. Emma Sulkowicz promised that the piece would only end I her supposed rapist was
expelled from the college. However, her alleged rapist was not removed, so Emma Sulkowicz
carried the mattress on stage during her graduation ceremony (Elbaor, 2017). This was aimed at
bringing the performance to an end in May 2015. Emma Sulkowicz carried her mattress on stage
during graduation to make a lasting impression on critics and the public.
Part B
The weight of the mattress that Emma Sulkowicz was a representation of the importance
that rape survivors carry, and therefore, Emma Sulkowicz carries the mattress to identify with
other survivors in the burden they are going through, especially when their offenders are not
prosecuted or when they fail to get justice. Emma Sulkowicz carried the mattress to display
solidarity with victims of sexual assault. The image has attracted media attention. It is considered
an active way to empower and support survivors of sexual assault who feel that they have been
inadequately endorsed by society. The negative impact of the controversial art is that universities
and colleges use the idea to protest against social injustices in schools, and this may cause school
unrest.
Reference
Elbaor, C. (2017, August 31). The 10 Most Controversial Art Projects of the Last Century.
Retrieved from https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/top-10-controversial-art-projects563213

Question 3
Fashion Recycling Programs
Fashion is a significant contributor to the world's clothing waste problem. Reports show
that more than 80 billion clothes are produced daily, and the average time for wearing these
clothes is less than ten times. This indicates that many garments are abandoned, disposed of, or
donated for charity. Disposing clothes causes an environmental threat because it causes soil
infertility, greenhouse effect, and toxins. Some of the ways that Elizabeth Klein is suggesting
about waste cloth recycling programs is that it is essential to know the brand of the cloth to help
return the fabric to the retailer for recycling after it has become outdated (CBC News, 2018).
Further, Klein argues that it is essential to take the material to the charity or drop them in a store
take-back bin instead of selling it or taking it to a landfill.
Part B
Among the solutions issued in the video, I think dropping the clothes in a store take-back
bin is essential because it facilitates recycling the clothes and reduces environmental pollution.
Today, big retailers have cloth recycling programs that aim to reduce environmental pollution
and ensure that clothes are not disposed of in landfills to block sewage lines and drainage
systems. The retailer buys back the outdated clothes and gives a discount. These are strategies
used to ensure that people return their clothes for recycling. The recycling of clothes is based on
the brands. It is essential to know the brand of the cloth so that when it becomes outdated, it
becomes easier to sell it back to the recycling companies.
References

CBC News. (2018, January 19). How fast fashion adds to the world's clothing waste problem
(Marketplace) Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elU32XNj8PM
Question 4
Mental Health Solutions An Uphill Battle in Rural Honduras
Part A
Raynaldo Lopez is 42 years of age, and he...

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