An Australian Interpretation of the text.

Australians and Americans are viewed in different ways, especially our culture and social context. These two aspects are products of our dominant beliefs, ideas, values, attitudes and experiences. These are shown throughout the documentary Super Size Me, where we compare ourselves from Americans to Australians.

Americans context are known for being ignorant and stupid. They eat a large amount of fast-food that one in four Americans visit a fast-food restaurant. They are very unhealthy, so unhealthy that America is the fattest nation in the world and over 100 million Americans are overweight or obese. We see America as a big nation so everything is big, from their food to there weight. They are also known for being 'rushed' and very 'busy' because of their city lifestyle, they also take a cab or subway everywhere. This is different to Australians who are known for having a relaxed lifestyle, our mateship and our strong sense of a national pride. Australians are multicultural, have a love for sport(s), they also value and show a protection for our wildlife. Australians value sport more than religion. We believe in freedom of speech and to exercise your opinion. Family always comes first and we have a positive view and respect for, our ANZAC history.

Values and Attitudes

Australians value an active lifestyle and physical health whereas throughout the documentary Super Size Me it shows that Americans don't care what they are consuming and if its healthy or not. This is shown when Morgan Spurlock interviews various people and asking how often do they eat fast-food. The majority of them stated at least once or twice in a week or two. One guy stated he had fast-food 3 to 4 times a week.  The average American walks 5000 steps a day meaning that they do not get enough exercise a day, especially when they keep eating unhealthy all the time.

Australians attitude is if you don't like it, change it. This is challenged by the documentary because it was made clear that in America if you don't like something, you sue. This was presented when Spurlock talked about two girls (19 year old and 14 year old) suing McDonalds because they made the two girls 'fat'. Americans just can't be thinking that suing people because you didn't like what they did to solve any solutions. It doesn't!

Australians attitude presents a strong sense of national pride, also a positive view and respect for, our ANZAC history. This was not presented through the documentary about the Americans. A group (family) stood in front of the camera trying to say the American oath/pledge and they couldn't succeed. They couldn't remember their oath but instead they could remember Big Macs slogan. This shows us that Americans are disrespectful and ignorant. The fact that they could not say all the lines of their oath is just wrong because that oath is and will be with you for the rest of your life and that it represents you not Big Macs slogan.  

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