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Paper 2

  • Submitted by: inajimi1
  • on November 13, 2012
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 899 words

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Making the strange familiar
Making the strange familiar can be considered one of the hardest things people experience in life. Any day people can bump into strange stuff that they have to get along with and little by little make it familiar and get used to it. The assignment was to visit an unfamiliar store and analyze it. From personal experience,   I have been doing that since I moved to this country. Where I grew up, we have a different system of grocery stores (souks) that I have described in my previous assignment. So when I arrived here, I had to deal with that kind of analysis so I can get use to the new system and adapt to shopping the American way. Although, I found a store by my house that was interesting to me, regarding the staff working there and the type of food they selling. It is a store owned by a Palestinian guy, and they sell all types of Arabic food and also tobacco.
The first thing that gets people’s attention are the signs outside. A lot of colorful well written signs, covering up the l front area, so you can barely see whose and what inside. And what’s more interesting is these sign feature all kind of products from phone cards, tobacco, Food, and much more. Once you enter, the first thing you will see is a beautiful design of hookah (which are a smoking utilities that are famous in the middle east, it works by putting the flavored tobacco and that covering it with foil paper, and the charcoal goes on top to create smoke).   So this is interesting because they have a beautiful design that makes you just want to buy one, at least for decoration. But what people consume most is the flavored tobacco so you can see a whole shelf of all flavored and qualities. And usually the person operating the store has lot of knowledge about the flavors and qualities, so if you ask him about any kind he will give you a small speech about each one of the flavors. Passing the tobacco section you will see about five or six shelves of food, starting from the...

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