The word “hegemony” refers to when a dominant group seeks to control a subordinate group and remain in advantage, often through manipulation and coercion. I chose to look at the hegemony behind fast food corporations and their surprising influence on politics, as well as our diets.
By blatantly targeting the middle and lower classes in print ads and TV commercials, fast food companies are trying to take advantage of the lower classes by selling bad food for cheap, while raking in the profits. In recent years there have also been scandals concerning how fast food giants use their influence and money, like Chick-fil-A’s support of anti- gay marriage lobbyist groups. This issue raised alarm over the fact that these companies can gain power and control even outside of their products, often without consumers’ knowledge. It makes sense that companies like this would get greedy and seek to expand their influence, but having lobbyists looking out for the interests of these corporations is extremely dangerous, both to politics and our health.
Realistically, would you still support a company knowing this was going on? Are there other industries that abuse their power in a similar way?