What a joy it is to hold a culture in high esteem. American popular culture though has some drawbacks. Carl Bernstein (b. 1944), an investigative journalist of the Washington Post wrote, “The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism.” Americans find these shortcomings in sensationalism, tabloids, pop music, and displays of some art forms. All however is not lost. But it takes acceptance of some basic ethical norms for cultural peddlers to live according to what is right. Strange as it may seem, the media’s audience buy into what is presented. Even good Americans fall victims to ubiquitous displays of cultural distortions. Some may say, “Everyone is watching salacious material, so why can’t I? It gives me pleasure.” But people must realize they are victims of such presentations.
Most immigrants land on the American shores with hope of achieving their dreams. When they reflect on these possibilities, they imagine worldly and material things. These may mean owning their home, finding a good job, having a loving family, having a station wagon, and living in the suburbs. These goals are somewhat different for every immigrant. Some immigrants may see living a religious life as a top priority. Walt Disney (1901–1966), an entrepreneur and film producer wrote, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” These attributes are essential in understanding the an immigrant’s basic motivations.