Critical Studies - Lecture Hijack
The second of my critical studies Hijacks took place last night. Makeversity hosted a night as part of their 'Material Futures' series on the theme of food. I was asked to work the event which was the best case scenario. This meant I got paid to attend a lecture I should have paid for so I am really, really grateful for the Makeversity team for letting me in and providing me with a bit of life coin.
The talk kind of took a theme towards veganism and the ideas surrounding why people eat meat rather than the projects and production of future food itself. I am starting to develop a real interest into how we as people process new ideas and the weight of arguments. Why people choose to or choose not to, listen to the points of veganism.
I am not a vegan or a vegitarian but I fully understand why people are and I do try to do my bit, I am conscious of the amount of meat I eat and only have it on the odd occasion, usually if it has been made for me. I listen mostly to the argument of the effects the industry and production has on the environment when the only real gain is a taste or a momentary sense of satisfaction.
Yet something I really like to think about is if I was to persuade people to become vegetarian or vegan. What points would I make and more importantly what are the default reasons given by people who don't really know much about the subject as a counter argument and where do they come from? For example if I tried to convince quite a lot of my family I could predict their responses, something to do with teeth, being Kings of the Jungle, made to eat meat, it's already in a packet so best not waste it and so on and so forth. Basically any phrase that sounds like it has come from Peers Morgans mouth. Essentially what I am trying to say is why do those not willing to embrace new ideas stick so stubbornly to bullet point answers rather than listening and either forming their own opinion or stating their own original reason. Who is sending out these blasé points that just stop descusion. My conclusion, everything is Piers Morgans fault.
Another interesting point is, meat is manly. Veganism is a heavily women based movement, what are the social ideas behind meat that are more than just about taste for men.