Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Inside Job Response

Charles Ferguson’s documentary, Inside Job has many interesting parts. The most shocking part of this movie in my opinion is the amount of influence the big Wall Street investors have on both political parties. I am Republican and expected many of the rich Wall Street guys would give money to politicians in this party but did not expect such an influence in the Democrat party. To me it sounds like there is no difference between the two parties when it comes to reducing corruption in Wall Street.

At the end of the documentary another thing that caught my interest was tent cities. I did some research on what tent cities are and found some disturbing information. According to the Business Insider, “More than 700,000 people are currently homeless in the U.S. and the number has grown 20 percent from 2007 to 2010” (Johnson). These tent cities are being made by homeless people as small communities. In Inside Job a tent city resident named Steven A. Stephen says, ”’You're gonna be seeing more camps like this around, because there's just no jobs right now’” (Inside Job). This reminds me of the Hoovervilles talked about in The Grapes of Wrath and that is concerning. Other stories online show some of the people who are homeless are being treated poorly. Somewhat similar to the migrants but people are not quite so harsh towards the tent city patrons.

Works Cited:

 Inside Job. By Charles Ferguson, Adam Bolt, and Chad Beck. Perf. Matt Damon, William Ackman, and Daniel Alpert. Sony Pictures Classics, 2010. Transcript. Sonyclassics.com. Sony Classics, Sept. 2010. Web. 6 Nov. 2012. <http://www.sonyclassics.com/awards-information/insidejob_screenplay.pdf>.
Johnson, Robert. "AMERICA TODAY: Heartbreaking Pictures From New Jersey's Homeless 'Tent City'" Business Insider. N.p., 08 Sept. 2011. Web. 06 Nov. 2012. <http://www.businessinsider.com/lakewood-new-jersey-homeless-tent-city-2011-9?op=1>.

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