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Apply concepts related to group size, intimacy, and stability to understand the impact of digital groups on people's behavior.

Apply concepts related to group size, intimacy, and stability to understand the impact of digital groups on people's behavior. Are social relationships conducted through technology as influential on society as face-to-face social interaction? Fully explain why you think what you do.


Max Weber suggested that bureaucracy, while intended to maximize efficiency in tasks and organizations, could also be highly irrational. He coined the term "iron cage of bureaucracy" to talk about the web of rules and regulations he feared would ensnare modern societies and individuals. Members of society often feel trapped and dehumanized by bureaucracies. However, bureaucracies are meant to maintain social order and foster the smooth working of institutions through the creation of rules and regulations.

Explain this paradox using an example of your own encounters with an "iron cage" of bureaucracy. Use some of the characteristics of bureaucracies in your discussion.

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