Unit 5 Societies and Social Interaction

While some would argue there are many different types of societies, there are three main societies to focus on. First, pre-industrial societies which consists of hunter-gatherers, pastoral, horticultural, agricultural, and feudal sub-societies. Second, the industrial society which began with the industrial revolution emerged and the social classes were on a more level playing field. Third the pro-industrial society came about, it focused on an information society, known as the digital age and computer moguls.

In my opinion the society we are in today is ridiculously advanced technologically. However, socially we as a whole society are slacking. There used to be a time when a neighbor could come over without notice and was accepted warmly. Today if a neighbor comes to our front door you hit the power button on the T.V and pray to goodness they could not hear it outside and you hide. When did society become so afraid of social interaction? Has technology hindered our society’s social interaction capabilities? I think it has. From personal experience, I coach middle school volleyball, maybe five (and that’s pushing it) can have an intellectual conversation with me about what they are learning in school. Those girls that have difficulty explaining to me what they are learning in school want to just show me what they are learning on their school issued iPad's . What happened to explaining things with your imagination and not with the use of the hundreds of screens we choose to put ourselves in front of?

Marx’s theories about the alienation apply to me on a daily basis. I work in a commercial paint stores. On a slow day we tint, shake, and unload around 2,000 gallons a day; on a busy day we do that with about 5,000 gallons of paint. A disclaimer now, slinging paint is definitely not what I want to do with the rest of my life, it is just something to get me through college. At my job I can apply Marx’s alienation from others. “ Workers compete, rather than cooperate. Employees vie for time slots, bonuses, and job security. Even when a worker clocks out at night and goes home, the competition does not end,” (Openstax, 88). There is always some kind of competition at work. We are almost always trying to see who can answer the phone first, who’s a better tinter, who can unload a pallet the quickest? You get the point. ,We are all one big family, but we are always competing with each other somehow.

An ascribed status is something we have no control of for example, being a son, daughter, male or female. These are things we cannot control. In my life I occupy many statuses. One of the many includes the ascribed status of being a daughter. I had no say in becoming part of this world. An achieved status is something you choose to do, it is something that you can control. For example you can pick the job you want, how people view you (high school drop out, high achiever, druggie). In my tiny, little town out east people know me as a hard working student and coach, always pursuing my goals, and someone who never gives up.