Power and Control in Society
Power is everywhere. To have control is to have power over someone or something, to effect, manipulate or change something that is weaker then the powerful force.
Human beings have such a copious amount of control over the way they act towards other people. This has moulded our world and the way in which we think and feel. Emotion can also be caused by powerful and controlling situations. Happiness, sadness, grief and anxiety are some common feelings related to control that shape society.
Media has a strong influence over society and the different messages shared with the world. Today we are being swarmed by the media. Internet, newspapers, magazines, television, radio, popular music and advirtisements are all powerful tools used to persuade and target people as an audience. This shows a certain level of power, controlling what we see and hear in our everyday lives, convincing us to make choices that are mainstream. Teenagers and young adults are subjected to these more and more everyday, media is becoming an even more controlling source,
Nature is powerful, it controls what we do as humans everyday. It controls what we wear, activities we participate in, needs for our bodies and whether we are going to stay alive or not. Natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy that New York has just been severly effected by show us that nature is going to do what it is going to do and that the power of nature is beyond our control.
Tsunamis, hurricanes, floods and drought all have the power to wipe out communities, kill thousands of people and animals, wreck homes, farms and lives. The power possessed by nature is one of the strongest and most controlling things in existence simply because we can not change what nature is going to do or prevent natural disasters in any way.
Institutions control people immensely. Institution control includes the government, churches and corporationsThe law is an important part of society, it helps to mould people and change their behaviours. Institutions such as Jail and correction centres can be a form of discipline or punishment for wrong doings. Police are a part of an institution and hold a large amount of control and power. They have the power to kill if they need to. This is the ultimate example of power and how society is effected. Consequenjes are known by humans and the laws power is forced upon everybody. Failure to comply with the law can be serious.