A formalized and generally understood organized system of values, beliefs, norms, and roles regarding a society's basic problems or functions
a type of social cohesion that exists among small, homogeneous, preindustrial societies in which uniformity and the lack of speculation binds people on another. Solidarity is based on similarities.
A type of social cohesion that exists among large, heterogeneous, industrial societies in which specialization and interdependency within the division of labor binds people to one another. Solidarity is based on complimentary differences.
Some of the technologies we rely on are so complex that when they fail, our institutions are incapable of functioning without them.
Social institutions are composed of so many different interrelated parts that the rapid pace with which technologies evolve may make it difficult for some parts of the social system to adopt or implement the new technologies.
Many new technologies allow us to manipulate the world in new ways that are often dangerous to others or are ethically questionable.