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The delivery of cultural demise

Christina Hardin | Contributing Writer

November 18, 2012

  Just when you think the gross-out factor of fast food has hit its cap, along comes a new business initiative enabling Burger King to deliver your gluttonous future-one burger at a time-straight to your front door. Burger King has launched a new venture and is now making home deliveries to residents in Maryland, New York, Florida and Texas. I'm hard pressed to think of something that America needs less than a home delivered bag of flame-broiled meat product on a sesame seed bun.According to the Pew Research Center, 41 percent of Americans eat fast food at least once a week. Unsurprisingly, 59 percent of 18 to 29 years old report eating fast food at least once a week, so there is definitely a market for this type of home delivery. Fast food is, by definition, fast and filling and is an easy on-the-road choice, especially if you're into the whole ton-of-bricks-in-your-stomach feeling. Even fast food fans know there are better choices out there, but at least the gastronomic nightmare (usually) hits your tray while it's still hot. How many more chemicals will have to be added to the already preservative-ridden French fries to keep them crispy while your delivery driver makes his way through your neighborhood? How many more taste enhancers will be required to ensure your Whopper has that straight-off-the grill taste after sitting in the passenger seat next to a pimply-faced delivery driver for half an hour?Americans have grown to expect instant gratification. In the age of 24/7 media, laptops, iPhones and tablets, everything is at our fingertips. We feel that we no longer have to work or wait for anything, even our food. And while fast food is not solely to blame for our laziness, it is a huge contributor. It takes minimal effort to walk up to a counter and order a burger. We don't even have to use proper nouns. Our orders have been reduced to numbers, as if it is too taxing to speak an entire word. With the idea of fast food delivery, our efforts have been cut once again. Now a consumer doesn't even have to stand up to place an order. It's pretty sad, folks.That is not even mentioning the effects of poor eating on the human body. When you put trash into your body, you get trash out. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 71 million American adults have high LDL or bad cholesterol. The CDC also reports that saturated fats, trans fat and dietary cholesterol-the stuff you find in a Happy Meal-is directly linked to high cholesterol, while monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can lower cholesterol. Where can one find these good fats? Snacks like popcorn, granola bars and even tortilla chips can provide our bodies with nutrients that we need.Really, how much more difficult is it to grab a granola bar than a milkshake? Is it not just as easy to walk into a convenience store and choose a decent snack? I don't expect the American population will turn from this everything-better-be-easy attitude anytime soon, but fast food delivery is just one more unnecessary X in the check list of cultural demise.

The nonsense of the Electoral College continues

Lori Wilson | Contributing Writer

November 16, 2012

Now that the battle of the 2012 election is over, let's take a serious minute to reflect on the bigger, even more historically detrimental issue-the Electoral College.Most people don't realize, despite their past and present Oba...

A salute to student veterans at UNCW- for giving up more than they should

Angela Hunt | Editor-in-chief

November 8, 2012

As UNC Wilmington prepares to honor veterans for their service this Veteran's Day, students should know how much veterans have to give up to go to school here.To be exact, student veterans give up $12,000 more in tuition than t...

Hurricane Sandy victims need your help

Shannon McCabe | The Seahawk / Contributing Writer

November 7, 2012

Aside from the recent presidential election, Hurricane Sandy has been one of the most talked about news stories throughout the media and social network sites. Sandy struck the shores Monday, Oct. 29, and as the aftermath conti...

Is it “cool” to vote for Obama

Joseph Lowe | Contributing Writer

November 4, 2012

  What defines "cool" today? Cool is one of the few terms in the English language that has proven to significantly change in definition on a near monthly basis. Do clothes or style define cool? Perhaps what type of vehicle y...

Lowering abortion rates means more support for women

By Shannon McCabe / Contributing Writer

November 2, 2012

While President Obama may have been criticized for his political stances this election, when it comes to women's issues, he is receiving praise and approval.Recently, in response to Richard Mourdock's comment regarding abortio...

The bane of printed media

Daniel Dawson | Contributing Writer

October 28, 2012

As a self-proclaimed book lover, it may be ironic for me to say that I hate the library. Well, I do. I loathe the shelves of mostly outdated reference books; I cringe at the never-touched, expensive encyclopedia sets; and most of ...

Affirmative action: the minority opinion

Joseph Lowe | Contributing Writer

October 28, 2012

 "Dude, the only reason why UNCW accepted you is because you're black." Funny thing is I'm Hispanic, too.If I had a dollar for every time the thought crosses a colleague's mind, my college ticket would be paid for.It seems a m...

Women in binders: should Romney’s comment affect your decision

Jeffrey Cashwell | Contributing Writer

October 28, 2012

If you're looking for binders full of women to stimulate your pension, then Governor Romney has you covered.A gaffe by the governor has received widespread criticism, especially at UNCW where approximately 60 percent of campus i...

Romney: “Bush 2.0”

Juliane Bullard | Lifestyles Editor

October 22, 2012

While some may say that the recent town hall debate wasn't as clear a victory for Obama as was Romney's in the first presidential debate, one thing did become clear after watching the broadcast live-Romney is running for George...

Fact checking and the American voter

Megan Henry | Contributing Writer

October 22, 2012

 As predicted, this year's election has proved explosive, with both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama struggling to maintain a lead in the polls. The resulting efforts to sway voters are perhaps most apparent in the hotly contested...

Education, gumption, and the ‘welfare state’

James Edmonds | Staff Writer

October 14, 2012

I never was able to put my finger on why I didn't like school until this year. After spending 15 relatively quiet, passive years in North Carolina's public education system, this last year is when things started to snap. I bega...

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