"The Mcdonaldization of Society" by George Ritzer.

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According to George Ritzer, in his book The Mcdonaldization of Society, he defines this theory of Mcdonaldization of having four main components. They are:

1.Predictability having emphasis on discipline, systematization and routine so that things are the same from one time or place to another.

2.Efficiency who can obtain what they need more quickly with less effort

3.Calculability being able to produce and obtain large amounts of things in a very rapid and timely fashion

4.Control this is replacing human with non-human technology. This not only includes machines, but also materials, skills, knowledge, rules, regulations, procedures and techniques.

He feels that slowly but surely, many aspects of our daily living will result in being "McDonaldized". I tend to feel that there is a great deal of truth behind what he is saying. A perfect example to support his theory lies in graduation speeches.

The first component of McDonaldization that also applies to graduation speeches is predictability. Pretty much all graduation speeches, whether given by a graduate, principal, superintendent, dean, etc. start out with a quote from some famous person. After the quote, the speaker will almost definitely go on to talk about one of the following. Here I have composed a list of probably every possible topic to speak about when addressing a graduating class.

Predictable Graduation Speech Topics:

1.)Journey into Learning: A look back at 12+ years of education as a journey that comes to completion at graduation.

2.)Dreamers of the Day: Making our dreams a reality through planning, sacrifice, and dedication.

3.)The Worst of Times/The Best of Times: Looking at the problems and opportunities and challenges that await students upon graduation.

4.)Gaining Insight: The search, which we all face, of determining who we are and where our place in life lies.

5.)Our Future: The potential of our future lives and the part our education will play in it....
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