Disneys Effect on Society and Culture Essay

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Disneys Effect on Society and Culture






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For nearly seven decades Corporate Disney has dazzled its audiences; generation after
generation have been entertained through avenues ranging from movies to elaborate theme
parks. While many find this massive establishment to be a significant part of American
culture and welcome the Disney spirit with open arms, one man in particular looks past the
hype and into his own theory of the Disney Corporation. Carl Hiaasen, a journalist for the
Miami Herald, paints a witty and sarcastic portrait in this nonfiction account of a
company. Hiaasen critizises the company for manifesting evil, enveloping perfection to a
sickening extent, and who’s sole purpose is to inhale as much money as feasibly
possible.

The book opens with Times Square-an area home to many things: MTV, Morgan Stanley, the
worlds largest Mariot Hotel, the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, and Peep Land, as
well as the glittering new Disney Store. Hiaasen provides an interesting perspective,
claiming Disney is out to “vanquish sleaze in its unholiest fountainhead, Times
Square.”(2) While to some this intrusion of the new Disney Store is obtrusive, to
many it is the beginning of a turn around for this otherwise less than clean, corrupt area
within our society called Times Square. Hiaasen continues his bleak opinion of the company
by claiming, “Disney is so good at being good that it manifests an
evil…” (37) Carl Hiaasen is searching in every avenue possible to find fault
in the impressive empire. Manifesting his own conceptual evil from within the company.

In the same way that Hiaasen criticizes good versus evil, or the conglomeration of the
two, he also condemns the way Disney envelops perfection. He writes,

…so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscientious, so
unfailingly entertaining that it’s unreal, and therefore is an agent of pure
wickedness. Imagine promoting a universe in which raw Nature doesn’t fit because it
doesn’t measure up; isn’t safe enough, accessible enough, predictable enough
for company standards. Disney isn’t in the business of exploiting nature so much as
striving to improve upon it, constantly fine tuning God’s work. (37)

The interesting thing here is that these days not too many corporations are criticized for
striving too high. Furthermore, wanting to improve on God’s work is a charge that
has been made against art and artists throughout history.

Hiaasen also claims that Disney will likely soon devour the world; the very same way it
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