The risks that no one has control over and occur naturally are known as ‘external risks’ but risks that have been created by the way of tampering with the environment are known as ‘manufactured risks’ the defining feature of manufactured risks is that the level of risks can be evaluated to a certain extent and because these risks are manufactured they can in a way also be controlled, limited and managed by the manufacturers. With the changing society and the ever-growing advancements in technology the risks that are being created are changing the process of modernization every day. These risks that are being faced in contemporary times have certainly changed the way we think and have hence had an effect on the modernization process. This leads us to the development of an innovative term called the ‘risk society’, this term was coined by the German sociologists Ulrich Beck, and this term evaluates the role that is being played by the mass media in revealing risks associated with different human activities and the modern-day growth. The issues of scientific and political interests in managing these risks have also been given considerable thought and discussed at length and this is precisely what this paper aims to do, evaluate the claim of Ulrich Beck.
Initially beck claims that this industrial age marks a turning point for the human race because at first the risks that were faced by the whole human race were natural ones and these disasters molded the fate of these people but in today’s age it is the decisions that people take, decisions that involve risks as a factor. To this part of the text, most would agree but things are not so smooth in the latter part.