Making Us Loose Important The Mc Donaldization Of
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This is an excerpt from Goerge Ritzer’s well-known book, “The McDonaldization of Society.” The author argues that we have lost our humanity. Our desire for quick, expedient, and efficient products is making us loose important human elements. Following Marxist ideas, he suggests that we become extensions of machines, alienated from our true nature. What do you think?
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I think food, workout, and entertainment options have changed over time because people have always wanted things to be faster and more efficient for them. This is so that time is not wasted or lost within a day. I am both in favor and against these changes because I do enjoy things being in my hands or working in my favor inthe quickest amount of time possible. However, I do realize that just because something is done quick, it does not always guarantee top quality or long-term benefits.
The consumption of news and the pursuit of education is different today. In the past, news on the newspapers were highly detailed, which would make the story run pages and pages in the paper. Now, “News McNuggets” are more popular in the papers because they just give a snippet of the story, leaving out details or facts that could have been useful in the text. Education has changed to become more efficient as well. Before, tests were graded manually as the teacher or professor took each individual test and looked over it one by one. In today’s society, machine-graded multiple-choice exams provide a much quicker grading technique for the teachers. These machines would read over the multiple choice sheets and do the work a teacher would do, just in a quicker time frame. Another way to decrease time of making a test are school textbooks having their own questions and teachers taking those questions and putting them in the test. For the teacher, this avoids the time-consuming task of making one’s own questions and provides a quick and easy shortcut when making a test.
I do believe we are at risk of losing the ability to interact and to think. I think we are already losing the ability because of how far technology has come to make our lives more efficient. As mentioned in the article, in the fast-food environment, the customer does not create a relationship with the worker because of the lack of communication between the two.There is also the “family meal” that tends to separate a family than bring one together due to the fast-food’s lack of “a long, leisurely, conversation-filled dinnertime.” Other than food, technology like our phones and computers have made us lose the ability to keep interest and think. Everyday we are scrolling through social media, always switching between apps because we tend to lose interest in one and try to find something else in the other. It also limits interacting with other people because we are so immersed in the screen that we do not even think about having a conversation with another person in the room.
The need for speed alters lives in both a positive and negative way. An advantage with quicker, more efficient activities allows us to have more time to do more things throughout the day. Fast-food restaurants give our food in record time, allowing us to eat without the need to cook and waste time waiting for it to be ready. Likewise, the textbooks having their own questions allows teachers to make tests because they can just take those questions without thinking about original ones. As being quick and efficient is a good thing, it also comes with drawbacks. Just because something is quick, it does not mean it is of good quality. With the saying, “good things take time,” it still stays true to today. Quick and easy food from a fast-food restaurant is not always something healthy to consume. Taking questions from a textbook hinders thinking and the ability to test students’ knowledge in different ways that could potentially help them in the future. Being fast is definitely changing our lives for better and for worse. People want to be quick and have time for other things, but in the end, it does not serve any long-term benefits that putting time into something would.