For my piece, I decided to take a critical look at an all too common interpretation of the American dream. More and more people in this country seem to have an almost insatiable love affair with expensive possessions; specifically expensive brands. These brands and the advertising companies they’ve hired to promote said brands have done an incredible (albeit destructive) job brainwashing millions of people to believe that purchasing an item from these brands will fulfill them. The rush felt when buying an item of high monetary value is often short lived because so many people buying these products can’t truly afford them and are going deeper into debt to do so. That rush of pure bliss quickly morphs into depression; realizing that you know owe even more money that you don’t have to the credit card company that wants nothing more than to bleed you dry.