Structural-Functional Analysis: The Macro-Level Impacts Of Technology And The Environment

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Today’s society thrives off of technology. Technology is all around and is at society’s disposal at all times now more than ever and at this rate will become more and more of a necessity in the future. In return, millions of people fail to realize just how society contributes to environmental issues that we play a part of daily.
The macro-level approach of Structural-functional analysis highlights connections that link environmental issues to the way today’s society operate and also, what they operate for several decades complex technology continues to raise a threat of damage to the environment, and also cultural values that encourage technological development, materialism, and the growth of the economy (Macionis, pg. 479). Along with these
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Structural-functionalism points out how “powerful a society’s technology is, the greater the capacity to alter the natural world” (Macionis, pg. 479). Moreover, the destruction of the environment doesn’t just fall solely on how each single human operates, but also firms, governmental agencies and large corporations play a major role in harming the environment. Some of the activities such as keeping our house warm in the winter, driving motor vehicles are considered as necessities but it would help the environment if we avoided activities that are not…show more content…
Here again there are many people in this world that just don’t care about the environment we live in. People don’t care if they are causes harm to themselves or others by the way they are polluting the environment. Although warned, many large companies have no plans in changing the way they operate even after being notified with concerns and threats to do so. From personal observation and other reports, Louisianans can certainly understand this due to recent environmental issue experiences in the recent decade. A major example of the environmental harm caused by human activity was the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in April 2010 when an oil rig leased by BP exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, releasing almost 5 million barrels of oil (about 200 million gallons) into the ocean (Hoch 2014). Over 8,000 animals were reported dead just 6 months after the spill, including many that were already on the endangered species list (Hoch 2014). News report paraphrased the investigators reported “some of the decisions appeared to violate industry guidelines and were made despite warnings from BP’s own employees and outside contractors” (Fountain, 2010, p. A1). This proves that many large corporations choose not to care about the environment even after
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