In a hilarious April Fool’s Day parody entitled Good Americans should pay their debt, thank Sallie Mae, Savage Minds conveys many points of the public sentiment regarding student loan debts. Author Thomas Snodgrass discusses how it is American to have, and pay, debt and that student loans help us to achieve the American dream. He also talks about how many of the complaints about the usury that occurs with student loans are just voiced by bitter people who chose to go into non-lucrative careers (like anthropology) and can not pay their debt back.
Although this is a parody, I can definitely see many of the unexamined assumptions made by ignorant people. I can also see how Foucault’s theories apply perfectly to this concept. By defining a field of study as silly and non-lucrative, people in power are able to say what careers deserve not only funding, but also prestige. By something as simple as the ideas surrounding student loans, those in power are able to lead an entire nation into believing that only certain careers have meaning and value. It is also a method of keeping people from pursuing their individual American dream.