This fall, the Chicago Dental Society turned its newspaper
journalism contest into a blogging contest open to any high school
student in Cook, Lake or DuPage County who answered the question,
"Is Soda Just Liquid Candy?"
Full details on how to enter are posted to our contest Web
page. Deadline for entries is February 1, 2010.
This entry is by Rajat D.
A hot summer's day, a hammock in the backyard, and a
refreshing soda in your hand is simply wonderful. Since the
beginning of soda, Americans have adopted this beverage as a
typical part of their lifestyle. A simple idea as carbonated,
colored, and sweet water has revolutionized the soda industry. We
see soda engraved into our culture, our politics, and our media.
Imagine grasping a cold drink, popping the can open, closing your
eyes awaiting the sweet soda to reach your mouth, taking the small
initial sip, and exhaling a tone of satisfaction. This feeling one
gets from soda, is priceless. Although there are many health
defects to soda, the bliss and complacency from soda is
From the polar bear in Coca-Cola to the squiggle on Pepsi, soda is
recognized as a worldly beverage. The original and successful
recipes for sodas are known around the world. In America, we see
how soda is a vital part of our culture. From a super bowl party to
a simple get-together, sodas have drastically modified social
interactions as well. For instance, soda has changed the vernacular
of many areas. In America, we refer to soda as "pop." In India,
people refer to soda as "cool drink." In different parts of the
world, soda has been transformed. Australia's unique grape soda is
more popular. Introduced only in the UK and Gibraltar, Orange
Coca-Cola was a hit. Limca, Thumb's Up, and Coca-Cola are top
contributors to the soda industry in India.
As you can see, the perception of "the best soda" from country to
country is different. Throughout the world, people have modernized
soda to form kinships. We may not realize the significance of these
drinks until we realize how often we use them. For example,
Coca-Cola is a part of our daily lives in America. From schools to
bars, coca-cola is used frequently. Although soda may have damaging
effects, we must realize that the satisfaction from soda outweighs
the defects. In addition, we must realize that soda is only a
serious threat when abused. Over-consumption of this drink is
damaging similar to any other beverage.
The merriment derived from soda is unbreakable. For example, in the
1980's, Reagan's administration faced a peculiar situation. When
Coca-Cola introduced a new line of Coke which was sweeter in taste,
the public let a roar of defiance. Stating that this goes against
America, this new Coke was soon discontinued. In this case, we see
that classic Coca-Cola is truly a part of America. Even attempting
to modify it caused a major problem. This means that people have
accepted Coca-Cola as a part of who they are as well. Something as
small as soda has taken over America and is a part of our
To conclude, soda deserves more credit than it receives. Imagine
yourself taking a long, hot, and sweaty airplane to Miami. Imagine
you're under the stress of a business meeting, and it's really hot
on the plane, but you do get soda. Imagine watching bubbles rise to
the top and watching them pop. Imagine picking up the cold cup and
taking a refreshing sip of your beverage. Now, wouldn't you want a
cold cup of soda?