Identity Theft Essay

528 WordsSep 7, 20143 Pages
As the United States advances further into the Information Age, identity theft has become more widespread. Being a best-selling author does not exclude one being a victim of this crime. Jeffrey Deaver, author of The Bone Collector, writes about his personal experience with identity theft in the August 17, 2008 edition of Parade. To best explain identity theft, and its purpose in society, the writer will examine the subject from a functionalist perspective citing examples of manifest function, latent function, and dysfunction. (Schaefer, 2006, p.14) Deaver first learned of his identity theft through a rejected credit card application. For several months, he did not notice a missing credit card statement. In the meantime, the thief charged $4000 to Deaver’s credit card and changed the address on the account several times. It took nearly a year for Deaver to re-establish his credit. The human beings he worked with were sympathetic and understanding, but also powerless to change the data held in the many computer systems of the banks and credit bureaus. (Deaver, 2008, p.10) How has identity theft become part of our society? For many years, the intention of computers was to help businesses operate. Early computers could fill an entire room and were not available for home use. The creation of desktop computers resulted as a latent function of business computers. Workers wanted to use similar technology in their homes. With the manifest function of making home computers more affordable and compact came the invention of microprocessors and silicon chips. By the late 1980s, many people were familiar with email, word processing programs, and spreadsheet software. Personal computers continued to gain popularity. Today, many people own personal computers, wireless laptops, and have internet connections through cell phones. As a latent function, banks, retailers, and many

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