Communities Essay

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Zachary AmalfitanoProfessor Lucia VedoviExpository Writing27 October 2014Our Communities: The Good and the BadAs humans we develop communities to isolate ourselves from the world around us. Doing this can cause both good and bad to come in our lives, and, in some ways, help us develop skills and advancements in certain areas or create a larger community of people who all share the same interests. This can also be bad because isolating ourselves to one specific group of people can cause us to dislike or even discriminate against others who do not partake in the events that we have found to fascinate us because it is all we have come to know. This is shown throughout both Susan Faludi's "The Naked Citadel" where the cadets of The Citadel have developed a community without women where they can work as a machine and as one group, but due to this they begin to act misogynistic. This isolation also appears in Michael Moss' "The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food" - where the companies that make our foods we eat everyday are subjected to their own brands and try to grow a community of followers for their products, but in turn, disregard the healthiness of others in order to gain advantages in the markets, but there are also strong, smaller companies shown that do focus on the members of their community and their actions of good can overcome the bad.Depending on the size of the communities that we create the amount of good that comes out of the community can differ. For example, the support of a small business community can create many more benefits than supporting a huge corporation. This small business community ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions, while a corporation makes these decisions itself without regard for others. These small corporations also often have less employees than big-chain corporations. This much lower number of employees in a small community allows the employees to interact more with higher-ups such as the owners or managers. The small business owner or a manager decides store policies and communicates the policies to employees, which allows employees to have more contact and often more influence in determining policies and procedures. The managers can then, get a better feel for employees' performance and needs with the close interaction in a smaller community like this. On the other hand, in large corporations employees often only have access to a lower level manager and do not have much contact with those higher-ups. Due to this, the high level managers and owners in these corporations grow out of touch with the everyday needs of both it's employees and customers, and disagreements between managers can slow down the creation of policies and decisions. Another benefit of a community like this is the ability to create a market that while still approaching sales with the same aggression as junk food sales do, but in a much...

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