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Two specific kinds of power hegemony and ideology were displayed constantly throughout the movie Roger and Me Ideology is our basic assumptions about how things are or how they should be Hegemony is the hidden power of society and encompasses the power of rules standard operating procedures and routines The only way for any of these kinds of power to work would be that someone is dependent on something someone else has which is in a tight grasp in their grubby little hand breath In the beginning of the film it seemed that everyone thought that they were living in the perfect world They had found Utopia right in the middle of Flint Michiganyeah sure The common ideology was that the city revolved around the GM plant everyone worked there and life was good Since ideologies can exist without anyone being aware of them the people of Flint had no idea that they all shared a Candide outlook on life Ok you are saying Candide I read that in college like I remember a stupid play For you who need a refresherCandide was a boy looking for a perfect world and he never found it That is about it Another example of warped ideological ideas from the movie came from the interview with John Kay the lobbyist for GM He was stating the reasons for the plant closings giving some statistical information and defending Roger Smiths decision The ideologies in Flint were pretty unanimous Roger Smith is an uncaring bastard and he has no reason for closing the plant He is reaping the profits and doesnt realize what he is doing to hurt the people of Flint Bullshithe may have been uncaring but companies dont normally close down factories for the sole purpose of adding more to human suffering They usually do what they need to make a profit These people were dependent on this plant for their life and that dependency gave Roger and
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