Tuesday, February 16, 2010

McDonald's Has Wi-Fi..

I just finished reading Fast Food Nation a couple of days ago, a book full of scathing indictments concerning the fast food industry's rise to prominence within America and the around the globe and the changes to agriculture and livestock production as well as a general trend around the globe to more processed foods.  What this guy boiled it down to was McDonald's is a more effective agent for change for food production than the Federal government.  YIKES!  Horror stories are presented concerning workplace conditions in slaughterhouses, what parts of cattle end up in ground beef, what cattle and poultry are fed to boost growth prior to slaughter, etc...  Every other page it seemed there was a moment where I said, "Shit, that's just gross."  Gross in a bad way.

I pretty much pounded through the book as I've had some pretty lazy days and upon finishing it all I could think was, "Alright, who am I kidding.  Everything that was discussed is sickening and true and wrong in many, many ways, but I need a McDouble and fries just to help me mentally move on from this presentation of facts.

And let me tell you something: It was just what the doctor ordered.  A McDouble, McChicken, and a small fry for three bucks seems like a perfect dinner, right?  I'll feel it tomorrow, which is kind of the point of the book.  Good food shouldn't make you feel like shit the next day, ergo, this is not good food.  I found it amusing here that I couldn't find a plain hamburger or cheeseburger on the menu.  They have been replaced on the dollar menu by the McDouble, for the same price.  That struck me as odd; There's more to this sangwich then there used to be, yet it's the same price.  Most everything else seems to be increasing in price and yet McDonald's is somehow able to give you more for the same price.  Gross.  I mean, it tasted just like it smelled: DELICIOUS.  But at the same time I don't see myself frequenting Micky D's any time soon.  Even my broke ass can find better food for cheap than what I can get here.  I just can't get over the fact McDonald's has wi-fi.  I should have expected this but I never saw it coming.  Hardly anywhere else around here has wi-fi.  Coffee shops don't always have it and most that do try to charge you for it.  F that S.  A sangwich place in the strip of shops also containing the pizza place I work at has wi-fi, but their sangwiches are expensive.  Which leaves needing to be where I sleep to blog.  This again proves the clout of McD's: They are able to buy their foods in such bulk that the prices they pay are so much lower than their mom & pop competitors they're able to offer services other places can't offer.  It's a hell of a business model, but at the same time it just makes me feel bad for the little guy.
Sidenote: The speakers here just played a cover of the song Adam Sandler sang on the plane at the end of The Wedding Singer.  I just found that odd.  It's a good song, but odd moreso because I never would have guessed someone would cover that into a radio-friendly song.  I think I've seen it all.
It's hard coming here and seeing pudgy little kids plowing through sangwiches, too.  It's just kind of sad.  Low wages and the job marketplace makes cheap, processed food a necessary evil.  Another product of a broken system.  Blah, blah, blah.  Everyone who reads this probably knows the facts by now.  I don't need to repeat them.  It's just kind of like, "Aww, man."

Sorry if that bit of a downer made you down.  Help yourself to a Junior Bacon Chee from Wendy's.  Just go through the drive through, that way you can enjoy your tasty sangwich in privacy without encountering the badness the food can do to you.  Then go out tomorrow and run a mile or two.  Just in case..

O, and read The Omnivore's Dilemma, too.  It was written a couple few years after Nation and this guy actually discusses progressive changes within agribusiness as a result of the slow food movement.  Nation leaves his "ideas of change" for the last ten pages or so.  I found it to be kind of half-assed: Here are all these problems I've noticed.  I'm not going to give anymore than one sentence statements on how to fix these problems, because I think I did such a good just presenting the problems.  The author probably didn't mean to sound this way, but I didn't enjoy it.  So I say don't bother with Nation; read Dilemma.  And that's all I have to say about that.  Cheers.

1 comment:

  1. Keep Posting Man. Rock on.- closson