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    Internet and Future Social Change in the US: Life in the United States in the next 10 years.

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    Answer the following questions regarding social change:
    - How do you think life in the United States will change in the next 10 years?
    - How might the Internet be involved in the changes?
    - How do you think sociologists might use the Internet to study life in the United States? Name 3 specific ways.

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    Dear Student,
    Hello and thank you for using Brainmass. Having answered a similar enquiry to your questions before, I offer you a solution below that takes previous research into account especially that in relation to Change theories. I believe that this concept is familiar to you being yourself a beneficiary of the advancements of digital communication via your use of Brainmass. I believe however that the phenomenon of blogging can be used to discuss the effects of information sharing via social networks. In your final paper, you should add your own experience of the social change digital communication brought (i.e. chatrooms, online education) to display understanding of the concept. This solution should get you started. Good luck!

    OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

    Life in the United States in the next 10 years

    The election of American President Barack Obama broke the barriers in terms of ethnic and minority selection of leaders in the political arena. With women headlining the fight towards country leadership side by side with ethnic minorities (i.e. Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama), the current leadership of the United States shows a much different society from the America that was in the 18th century. It appears that full spectrum diversity is integrated as a principle and a perspective in American consciousness as a political and social element affecting decisions and views of morality and ethics. What can this then imply in the next 10 years? The politics center around social welfare, economic development and recovery and the debate of how or when to 'end' the Global War on Terror effort side by side with the effort at keeping America safe. I believe that politically, the ranks of both the democrats and the Republicans will display full spectrum diversity and both parties will adapt new philosophies and positions in the question of green politics and conservation/environmentalism efforts in the wake of global concerns on Climate change and environmental sustainability. I think that politics will tip towards pressing concerns in fuel and energy and political debates in the US will have to take into account depleting world fuel reserves and answer this with new efforts at providing new technologies to provide energy needs - this will become the source of new growth. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan will have to 'find' its end being too expensive an effort and new political and diplomatic arrangements will be made with allies in South Asia, the Middle East and Europe in relation to this.

    Socially then, people will be more than ever tied to technology, the internet becoming an 'essential' in the life of every American professionally and personally. Computers are going to be far faster and technology will be fused with artificial intelligence to 'improve' the way things are run. Consider the mass affordability of 'intelligent' homes, cars & buildings/offices. Our concept of education will have accepted openly the system of 'distance learning' via the internet and universities and colleges will have departments that function to regulate and provide key services to firms and individual students utilizing these services. Technology will be very much integrated in education and research that online libraries will be fully accessible to students as most libraries will become connected to each other to provide a massive source of information to those seeking such knowledge in an age that is the direct product of ...

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    The solution-essay discusses social change in the next decade in the US, the involvement of the internet in this change, and the relevance of the Internet in sociological studies of American life (with specific examples included). The solution is approximately 2,050-words and lists references from the web and in print for further research. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.