How technology influences the process of socialization.

Imagine if you woke up one day to find out that your medical information, social security number, home address, and banking information were in the hands of someone else. Imagine how quickly that could put you and your loved ones in danger. This may seem like a stretch for some, however, for many others this is the reality that they will face today. It is difficult to overlook the many ways in which our lives are being shaped and influenced by technology, more specifically the mass media. The world that once seemed so large and distant is now often at your fingertips and with a few key strokes one can interact, do business with, or meet someone across the world. The advancement of technology in our culture has also led to many new dangers. An “Assault on Privacy” has been waged putting everyone who utilizes this technology at risk. In this discussion, we will identify the agents of socialization, paying special attention to the mass media. We will look at how technology influences the process of socialization. Keeping this scenario and the information found in unit 2 in mind, please respond to the following prompts: • Identify and discuss the agents of socialization. • In your opinion, what role, if any, do you think the mass media plays in the “Assault on Privacy?” Explain your reasoning. • What sorts of personal data should be kept private? Explain. • Consider what steps can be taken proactively (meaning preventative actions) to avoid such an occurrence. What types of actions can be taken to avoid having your most personal information end up in the hands of someone who may have intentions to harm you? Use the Internet to research at least one additional article on this issue to support your responses. Cite your source(s) using APA format and list all URLs.

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