Tutorial 5 meeting - APPENDIX Movie Discussion Outline A BBC/PBS Documentary Please Vote For Me Problem IN democracy or Problem OF democracy 1 What was

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APPENDIX: Movie Discussion Outline A BBC/PBS Documentary: Please Vote For Me! Problem IN democracy or Problem OF democracy ? 1. What was wrong with the democratic experiment in the Evergreen School? a. How about the selection of candidates? For a real democracy, should the political powerful be allowed to “select” candidates for the people? Why or why not? In your opinion, how should candidates be selected? - No, they shouldn’t be allowed - Because the act of selecting a few candidates for people to vote for already doesn’t bind with the principles of democracy. Without alternative choices, several candidates offered are those who are only approved by the political powerful (government). People are only choosing the candidates that only flavours the political powerful, in which helping the government to elect people they want, but not the representatives the people really needs. - Candidates shouldn't be selected by the political powerful (teacher, government), but rather the people (classmates, political parties), so as to ensure that the election is not controlled by the authority b. How about the campaign? I. Are the campaign rules adequate? - No - The standards and requirements of a good class monitor are not equipped for classmates to make informed choices - The campaign seems to focus on candidates’ speaking ability, campaigning techniques, and gender - Cheng Cheng lost as he didn’t know campaigning technique (material incentives) - Xiao Fed is the only female, who often cries and soft-hearted (These traits aren’t looked up in Chinese culture) II. If not, what problems emerged during the campaign? - Bribery may be resulted (Luo Lei using gifts and the chance of travelling on the express railway as material incentives to gain classmates’s flavour and their votes) - Spread of rumours in order to tarnish the reputations of the opponents - Heavy intervention from authority (parents) -
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