According to Mead, the last stage of development of the self is when we are able to take on the attitudes and expectations of the broader social world (the generalized other). First explain the concept of the Generalized Other. Second, keeping this concept in mind, consider what role might mass media play in developing the self?
According to Mead, human personal development takes place in three major phases. These stages are: preparatory stage, play stage and finally game stage. According to Mead, the preparatory stage begins from the moment we are born to the time we attain the age of two years. From age two to six, Mead defines it as the play stage while presenting the final stage as the game stage which begins from age seven onwards and this stage is characterized by children having the ability to understand the rules of game. The comprehensive understanding of Mead theory of development therefore is the main concern of this paper as shall be seen.