Social Analysis

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Social analysis means taking the time, habit, to question what is happening in the world around us. It means asking questions about society and looking for answers about what's going on and who it affects. Social analysis not only helps us develop a critical awareness of the world, but also to lead us toward social justice. When analyzing these questions it often brings out other links, or connections between different social issues, and this helps us dig beneath the surface, and find out what is really going on in society.
For example, when discussing coffee, one might want to find out where it comes from, how are the workers treated, what process it goes through to get to you. You also might want to ask yourself about the health... View More »

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Popular beliefs and patterns of thought also influence the shape of society. If popular belief of issues were always right, then there would be no need for social analysis. Unfortunately this is not the case, in fact most beliefs tend to be based on scattered bits of information or even misinformation. This is why social analysis is critical. It questions whether official truth is always true. The results may well stand in sharp contrast to popular beliefs.

Just about every social issue has a long history, and has been studied many times before. When doing a historical analysis, the object is to view the past not as the good old days, but critically, with an eye for the effect on the present. Most social issues have a history that contributes to the problem currently at hand, and if understood, can help to explain and deal with the problem.

Concentration of ownership is the basic idea of owning and controlling as much as possible. What this means for companies, is greater profits based on the economies of scale and the benefits of holding a monopoly position in various businesses and locations. A good example of a monopoly would be the company Microsoft run by Bill Gates.

The media tend to attract an audience by intensity. For many this is a "must" ingredient. Journalists and editors either choose events for their drama, or focus selectively on the dramatic elements within items. Another way of establishing newsworthiness is that the information be cut and dried, unambiguous, and presented from a "balanced" or "objective point of view". As ...

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