Textbook Reading: Ritzer:
Chapter 1: Introduction. Watch the following whiteboard video on McDonaldization for a brief overview of the theories discussed in the chapter. McDonaldization (Links to an external site.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCj_VhLgcmY
Within the minimum requirement of two paragraphs, discuss the following:
1. Ritzer states that “these examples suggest that no aspect of people’s lives is immune to McDonaldization.” Do you think certain things in life should not be McDonaldized (e.g., love, sex, family life, friendship)? Why or why not? Are these things, in fact, being McDonaldized (e.g., with eHarmony.com in terms of love and Facebook in terms of friendship)? ‘
2. Consider the advantages of McDonaldization listed by Ritzer. Name at least two other advantages. Now consider the listed disadvantages. What other disadvantages come to your mind? On balance, do you think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages? Why or why not?