122-questionable by xiaoyounan


									 The Potato Chips in Life

Questionable Leisure
 by the very cool Dr. Jen Piatt
        University Life

 College provides many
  opportunities for education
 You explore new areas that you
  may not have even realized were
  possible occupations
 You also develop the other 50% of
  your life
        University Life

 One problem with getting through
  school is passing courses
 Another huge problem is learning
  to balance your social life with
   Questionable Leisure

 Academically, there is something
  called “questionable leisure”
 What does that mean to you?
What is questionable leisure?

 Questionable leisure is leisure that much
  of society considers as having little or
  no value, although there is little
  consensus in society as to what that
  actually means
 Questionable leisure is leisure that is
  really good and gratifying at the time,
  but in the long term can have
  detrimental effects
Prohibition and Illegal Drugs

  Is beer the basis for the
   amusement park?
Prohibition and Illegal Drugs

  Yes…The amusement park
   traces its main origins to
   pleasure gardens that sprang
   up around Europe in the 1600s
Beer and American Leisure

 In America in the 1800s, these
  pleasure gardens were called beer
  gardens (which is also what they
  were called in Germany)
 The main activity in the pleasure
  gardens and especially in the
  American beer gardens was
  drinking beer
    Beer Garden to Park

 After time, the inclusion of
  “amusement devices” at World’s
  Fairs, the invention of the
  mechanical Ferris Wheel (by
  George Ferris), Coney Island and
  trolley cars, the American
  amusement park became more
  recognizable in the late 1800s and
  early 1900s (Industrial Revolution)
    Beer Garden to Park

 All that said, the two Busch
  Gardens parks (Florida and
  Virginia) should be the most
  perfect amusement parks in the
  United States
     Beer Garden to Park

 Did you know that Anheuser-Busch not only
  owns the two theme parks called Busch
  Gardens (in Tampa Bay, FL and Williamsburg,
  VA), but the world’s largest beer company also
  owns the three SeaWorld parks (Orlando, San
  Diego and San Antonio), Discovery Cove in
  Orlando (a dolphin based experience that cost
  $219-$399 per day) and Sesame Place, a
  children’s exploratory park in Pennsylvania
  based on the popular TV show
    Beer Garden to Park

 The parks account for less than 5%
  of company revenues – why then
  do they spend millions to
  create and maintain these parks?

 What do The Netherlands know
  that we don’t?

 Contrary to popular belief, many of
  the “pastimes” that The
  Netherlands are noted for are only
  legal in the city of Amsterdam
 How does our view of Amsterdam
  affect our perception of Dutch

 *Think of how what a country defines
  as illegal affects the values of those
  people within the country. How does
  the current state of smoking (as it
  gradually becomes more and more
  illegal) affect how people value it and
  view it within a society?
 Do you think smoking is viewed the
  same way in Nevada as it is in
 Who is Jean Nicot?
 Prostitution
 Las Vegas ?? Is it legal?
 Actually, no. Some parts of
  Nevada, yes. But in spite of how it
  is represented often on television,
  Las Vegas actually has some rather
  strict rules regarding prostitution.
 *You might know that the
  Romans actually had quite a
  different view of
  prostitution. Indeed, our
  fascination with ancient
  Rome and its rather
  interesting values continues
  to this day, and in the
  Caribbean, one can stay in a
  set of all-inclusive resorts
  called Hedonism that are
  designed for … (well, you
  see the picture)
 Open Containers
 New Orleans?? Are they legal?
 Actually, no. Carrying alcohol in
  open containers, even during Mardi
  Gras is illegal in New Orleans.
  Surprisingly, however, the police
  never enforce this law.

 Gambling has become one of the
  nation’s greatest pastimes. Las Vegas is
  either number one or number two in the
  city with the most hotel rooms in the
  world, and new casinos can cost up to
  nearly $3 billion to build! Do they plan
  on making a lot of money? Yes!
 Interesting side note, Las Vegas makes
  50% of its revenues from…shopping!
     Living on the Edge

 We spoke of how Americans like to
  put themselves in falsely
  dangerous situations
 We also like truly dangerous
         Pushing the Limits

 Extreme Leisure, Extreme
  Americans are noted for their
  “work hard, play hard”
 We push the limits daily at
  our jobs, trying to make the
  most of every minute and
  every dollar
 In our playtime, we take the
  same “go get ‘em” attitude,
  and love to test the limits of
  human strength and

 Based on the intro, we can see that
  life is full of crazy challenges to our
  better judgment
 A well-noted researcher has
  dubbed these the “potato chips in
  life”…Any idea why?
         Five Potatoes

   Couch
   Techno
   Fried
   Slot
   Extreme
THE COUCH POTATO              -What’s
  the big deal?
 -Is television really an “idiot box?”
 There’s been research on kids and
  blank walls…
 -Is techno any better than TV?
 In its pure form, no. In many ways,
  computers and video games have
  replaced the television as the main way
  to “zone.” However, the dexterity
  children develop by playing videos can
  be valuable. In addition, strategy games
  help develop problem-solving skills.
  Never mind that if kids are really using
  the keyboards, they might actually learn
  how to type.
 As one might guess, some researchers
  are concerned that children are
  becoming less and less social based on
  the highly individual nature of most of
  the time spent on computers. Other
  researchers (and even some teachers)
  argue that chat rooms, email and IMs
  actually assist children in become more
  able to express themselves in writing.
           The “Porn Chip”

 Another issue with the techno potato (chips do
  come from potatoes after all) is the slice called
  the porn chip
 The Internet has increased the availability of
  pornography to not only consenting adults, but
  also do minors and individuals that once lived
  in parts of the country that frowned upon
  pornography in more normal outlets
 In some places, it’s still illegal to sell, but
  Internet and cyber laws haven’t caught up,
  and it’s fully available to view and download
  High, Sloshed Potato)
 Are drugs and alcohol a necessary
  part of American recreation?
 How does college “lower” the
  drinking age for some
 Alcohol is widely accepted in American culture:
 Beer companies are the main supporters of
  sporting events in the United States (ironic,
  since drinking beer in heavy doses hardly leads
  one to be athletic)
 Americans are also noted for getting drunk in
  order to socialize
 Toasting a new couple at a wedding, ringing in
  the New Year with a glass of champagne
 Alcohol is not only for partiers, but it’s
  considered high culture
 This is not necessarily a bad thing,
  but where is the line between
  social drinking and alcoholism?
 Where does this mentality and
  support of alcohol begin to extend
  to thoughts about other drugs?
 What is America’s most popular
  Alcohol? Cocaine? Opium?
 No, all wrong. It’s Caffeine.
   Do you consider caffeine a drug?
   Is that based on your personal values
    or the values of your society/family?
   In the US, coffee passed soft drinks
    as America’s number one drink choice
 Withdrawal symptoms are
  spearheaded by a drop in body
  blood pressure, which increases
  the amount of blood in the head,
  producing painful headaches for as
  long as five days
 Stress is also likely a caffeine-
  caused anxiety
 In fact, if you read some
  “research,” it indicates that with
  the amount of caffeine shoved into
  products to make us addicts and
  therefore continued consumers, all
  primary headaches we experience
  (including migraines) are simply
  withdrawal symptoms from caffeine
 And what is a main ingredient in
  most aspirin?
 Watching your weight or on a
  calorie-counting diet? Coffee may
  just be throwing your diet off. A
  large latte may have as many as
  570 calories.
 One of the most common beliefs of
  college students is that caffeine will help
  them study by helping them stay awake
  all night. Problem is, after pulling a late-
  nighter, your performance on the test in
  question most likely will be severely
  reduced due to a lack of sleep.
  Therefore, drink coffee in moderation,
  and study in moderation over several
  days. Always get a good night’s sleep
  before a major test or exam.
 All that said, I prefer Peet’s to
  Starbucks (although Starbucks
  used to buy their beans from
  Peet’s, and in fact, Starbucks’
  original owners sold the first
  Starbucks and now own Peet’s)
 Why did the gambling industry
  change its name?
 Is gambling addictive?
 Gaming is becoming legal in more
  states and closer to big cities
 Football betting, bingo, lotteries,
  etc. are all part of gambling (not
  just slot machines)
 Do you think Las Vegas will ever be
  family friendly?
 We are a novelty seeking
  species…”Been there, done that.”
 You may have heard this before, and it’s
  quite the case. As we progress through
  the ages, as a species, we tend to
  become bored with what’s already been
  done before.
 Not 100% of the time, but in general,
  we push towards new experiences.
 We play up to the thrill seekers and extreme
  sports fanatics in society.
    Bungee jumping from higher and higher
    Snowboarding on increasingly dangerous
    Skiing in areas specifically labeled as “off
    The rise of the X-Games
    Roller coasters pushing past the limits of
     physical endurance
    And did I mention base jumping???

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