- Paperback: 265 pages
- Publisher: Pine Forge Press; Revised edition (January 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803990774
- ISBN-13: 978-0803990777
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,504,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The McDonaldization of Society: An Investigation Into the Changing Character of Contemporary Social Life Revised Edition
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This book, for me, almost read like a comedy, especially when Ritzer describes the "iron cage of McDonaldization" - how devices that were designed to save Americans time and money - fast food windows, ATM machines - actually end up wasting more time and money. Intelligent theory underlies his arguments. I'm thinking many aspects of the Internet could be the same way...Best quote was from the teenager in Dale City, Va., who, when McDonald's came to their town, said: "Nothing this big has ever happened to Dale City."
I was so unaware of the effects of McDonaldization on society, not only are we becoming robots in a way, but also we are starting to move so quickly in everything we do that people are forgetting to enjoy life. I loved everything about this book, from the examples Ritzer used to the knowledge it brought forth to me.
The only downfall of the book was how synical I have become since reading it. The McDonaldization of Society informed me with so much knowledge it made me take a step back and analyze the things around me. All I have to say is I think we have a scary world ahead of us. I mean seriously who want to live in a robot society?....I certainly don't .
Overall The McDonaldization of Society is a book I would recommend to read, but be prepared of what you are about to embark upon.
clearly describes the bleak and meaningless landscape being created by a society they've been told again and again they should be enjoying. Ritzer takes the "fast food" exemplar and shows us how we are all living the "fast life" -- devoid of variety and substance. This book, a social criticism, resonates neatly with a work of fiction: George Saunder's "Civilwarland in Bad Decline." Perhaps we are finally beginning to see a disturbing future much closer than the horizon???
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This work is an excellent adaptation of Max Weber's sociological theories and ideas into the modern context of our fast food nation.Published on January 18, 2014 by TimothyArcher
George Ritzer's book on McDonaldisation of society makes fantastic reading, while being loaded with sociological observations. Read morePublished on November 30, 1998