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Society What creates “sociocultural evolution”? Technology As technology changes, society changes. Examples Good – Bad? Example of sociocultural evolution Nightline program – Tropical paradise Movie – Disk 3 Critical thinking question What technologies are involved here? What parts of society did it change? Family? Moral values? Economics? Individuals? Critical thinking question Freedom of speech & press? Who decides? What are questions that sociologists could not study scientifically? Value judgments? Critical thinking question To what extent does contemporary U.S. society still reflect the industrial model and in what ways are we now fully postindustrial? Critical thinking question Have you or your friends or family worked in jobs which were alienating? How accurately does Marx describe the characteristics of these jobs? Critical thinking question What have we gained and what have we lost as our society has moved from mechanical to organic solidarity? What is the effect of Marx’s concept of alienation on the individuals, corporations, and the society? How can Marx’s idea of social conflict be applied to future increased costs of Medicare, social security?