Analysis of TED talks

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Analysis of TED talks

The first video of the TED talk is by CJ Meadows, while the second one is by Deon Jones. The two videos combine, converge, compare, and have aspects of sociology and family analysis in some ways. The subjects of social class and inequality, culture and values, gender, race, and ethnicity are depicted in the two TED videos in several ways. The first video by CJ Meadows commences by asserting that apart from the fact that globalization and technology having an impact on business, economies, and nations, they are also the building blocks of society and families. It enquires whether we are ready for techno-globo families and whether we are ready for much to come. It is a personal and humorous video whereby CJ Meadows shares her extraordinary family’s story, demonstrating how brotherhood and love outdo a diverse range of cultures and nationalities. As a matter of fact, in the Christian church, we call each other brother and sister because we have the same father, God. Both videos are the same in a way that they focus on the subjects that concern families. In the second video, Deon Jones focuses on family values whereby parents and caregivers can perform several things to pass on family values to their kids. In order for the family value to work, they require to have value and worth to each person in the family. Family values entail teaching and creating a double standard.

The two videos converge in a way that they depict that our families, whether blood-related or not, they play a great part in shaping who we are. They demonstrate that caring parents or caretakers are the foundation of a child’s growth, and having one or not can change a child’s life forever. Family analysis of values has changed many things over the past few decades. Both videos show the fact that families instill culture into the new members of society and create well-integrated members of the society. One thing about a family is that it offers significantly recognized statuses such as ethnicity and social class to new members. It is evident that the family has been changing and turning to be more open; therefore, values for families and people have changed with it.

The first video shows that fusion is a way of relating individuals who do not have a strong sense of self, just like that of CJ meadows. Principally unconscious, it prevents the concern of feeling separate. When optimal interpersonal growth has happened, anxiety mostly gets resolved, letting flexible association with instants of powerful closeness and instants of secure distinctiveness. The first video by Meadow shows that fusion in a family is strongly self-perpetuating; developing up in a bonded family stunt differentiation and gives the need or tendency to look for fused relations with each person, including one’s children. Values happen to be the basis of human personality and are also influential but silent forces impacting individuals’ behavior in a family. Children become familiar with moral values and social convections by process socialization, much of which encompasses parenting. The concept of sociology happens in several domains noticeable by the parent-child relationship’s diverse features and diverse underlying mechanisms.

In the videos, there are some connections the functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interactionism theories. The two videos depict sociologic views in today’s families generally falling into functional, conflict, and symbolism interactionism approaches. Families perform a number of essential functions for society. The two TED talks show that families socialize children, give emotional, practical support, and provides a social identity for their members. Functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interactionism in the videos explain social events, interactions, and patterns. When putting in mind the role of a family, functionalism functions to maintain the idea that families are important social institutions and that they play a great part in stabilizing society. Families usually regulate sexual relations between people. Functionalism perceives functions, which are present for social stability. The theory of conflict garners most people into two categories that encourage inequality. On the other hand, symbolic internationalism in the two TED talks focuses on peoples who allocate, share, and agree on symbolic mannerism and denotations.

In these two video talks, the functionalism and conflict theory relate to that talk in a way that tries to elucidate how families operate as a whole. On the other hand, symbolic interactionism centers on interactions between people in the family. One that that conflict theory and functionalism have in common in the family setting, according to the TED videos, is that both of them believe that society is doing some fundamental, functional role in human life. All three theories recognize the need for the family setting, values, and the complex dynamic between people and groups. It is evident that the family partakes in social inequality by reinforcing patriarchy and economic inequality. On the other hand, the family can also be the source of conflict, including emotional brutality and physical violence for its members. Symbolic interactionism depicts in a way that the interaction of family members entails shared understandings of the state of affairs. All the family members have different communication styles, and social class impacts the expectations that the family members have of each other. The reflection of conflict theory in the TED talk by Meadows and Jones agrees that the family serves significant functions, but they also point to problems within the family that the functional standpoint overlooks or minimizes altogether.

The social identity that the family gives, like the one in “The fusion family – What makes a family” by CJ Meadows, gives its children an impact that affects their life chances but also reinforces a society’s system of stratification. The families help reinforce the existing inequality since they differ greatly in the amount of affluence they have. Symbolic interactionism in the family focuses on how the family associates interact on a daily basis and attain a shared understanding. It also assists in creating emotional bonds, and family relations become based on negotiated meanings. Symbolic interactions in relation to the videos emphasize that families rejuvenate and reinforce bonds through symbolic rituals like family holidays and meals.


CJ Meadows (2015). The fusion family – What makes a family?| TED ACS independent

Deon Jones (2016) Family Values TED American University.