It is a word used to define and describe the pattern that society has, in a sense, followed from that of the worldwide fast food chain known as McDonald’s. According to Ritzer, the way McDonald’s systematically and uniformly operates as a business food chain all around the world has been patterned to the way the society is now operating as well. McDonaldication is defined as “the process of rationalization, albeit taken to extreme levels.” (“What Is McDonaldization?” n.d.)
Indeed, McDonaldization’s impact has encompassed almost all aspects of society. Among these is in the area of bureaucracy, or government administration. Because government workers are divided and segregated into classifications of responsibilities and duties to the government, it provides the most efficient and effective means to be able to serve the people well. Because efficiency has become it number one priority, it has led to a mass amount of substandard work and thus, bureaucracies begin to lose control over those who work within and are served by them.” (Ritzer, p. 28-29)
Aside from the bureaucratic ways that McDonaldization has affected, it has also impacted the medical world, more specifically in the giant world of healthcare. Health care was improved and renewed, now more and more easily controlled and efficient. However, this “new and improved” health care industry has its negative effects. “The much idealized house doctor has been irretrievably replaced by a much more streamlined, effective, all-encompassing, but, alas, also a much more impersonal system of health care.” (Larney, n.d.) In the aspect of criminal justice, McDonaldization has affected how the system works and with it the workers who live and are binded under this system.