In class we discussed what does it mean to hear America sing. America has come a long away from where it starter but yet there is much work to be done to achieve the goals set forth during the creation of this country. The cultural object I chose is the music video for American Oxygen by Rihanna. The video as well as the lyrics are both a significant components in encompassing the actual meaning. The video shows various moments of history such as the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King Jr., 9/11, the Olympics, and much more. The lyrics try to send a message of an American dream that everyone is chasing and how we are a new nation, a new generation. The video shows flashbacks and clips from present day and how eerily similar they are. We have a new generation of hope and we can inspire change because so much progress is yet to be made to achieve this idea of the American dream. To make progress we need to inspire change and deviate from the patterns of the past. The lyrics and video almost are a contrast which plays at the perception of America.