Globalization since the 1970s has had a major effect on organized crime. It has transformed it. “There are newly prominent forms of illegality, such as computer crimes, money laundering, stealing nuclear materials from the former Soviet Union, and “sophisticated fraud” that crop up between the established codes of international law, challenge existing norms, infiltrate illicit businesses, and extend into international finance. “ (226). This increase in crime is all due to the rapid growth and modernization of our society. The increase in today’s technology is what makes these new age crimes possible. Things like commercial airlines, telecommunications, and computers give people accesses to a much larger network of people. What make these organized crime groups so dangerous are their efforts to exploit the growth mechanisms of globalization. This power of social networking, and communication are a double-edged sword; it can be either very beneficial or very harmful. Today’s technology almost gives you the power to reach people all over the globe. This is a huge advantage to most organized crime groups, terrorists, and other criminals. Technology like this is responsible for tragedies like the Boston Marathon Bombing, and other acts of terror.
This passage relates to The Consequences of Modernity when Giddens talks about the four dimensions of modernity. The advancement of organized crime is partially due to industrialism. Industrialism in this case does not refer to increasing production in factories, but rather to the increasing in technology. I feel like Mittelman would agree with this statement, industrialism in this case deals with the advancements in communication, and social networking. Additionally, after reading both Giddens and Mittelman I like Mittelman’s style more then Gidden’s. Mittelman’s style of writing is very straightforward and easy to follow. On the other hand, Giddens style of writing is all over the place. Unlike The Consequences of Modernity, Global Organized Crime uses very simple vocabulary, which makes it easy to follow. Finally, Mittelman uses facts for his arguments, while Gidden’s uses theories to defend his argument.