Originally Posted by Tammy
I'm in my last year at Uni.. and I am part of a group that will be conducting research in which we are looking to develop a general mindset of the "public". The research is being done for a post-mod course
blah blah blah.. - and I'd like to compare the data collected off the net with that which I already collected from around campus. Anyhow it'd be extremely helpful if I could get some people to spend about five to ten minutes of their time and answer a few questions for me- either in this thread or feel free to pm me your answers. Any answers will indeed be quite helpful - and international views are very welcomed !!!
Sure I'll help you out!
- They are indeed quite simple and do not require an extremely lengthy answer - but feel free to provide one!!
a little background info..
- democrat, republican, etc.. ? (sorry for the labels!!
Member of the Dutch Green Party
So Nader would be the American exponent of that, though I would vote for Kerry in these elections. A tactical vote..
- Nationality (if american which region -ie; southwest, midwest, etc..)
In the following just a short answer provided to the question or what you think these statements mean.. (please elaborate a little bit!!)- if you cant answer them all no problem - just a few would work too..
- Is there a culture war in the United States ?
I am not an insider on this topic, so I can only judge on the information that gets broadcasted on tv here or what I read on the internet. Taking into account that whatever is in the media here is an exaggeration of reality, I would like to think that in general there probably isn't a real culture war. However, I do think that several different cultural groups are clashing. It's too easy to think that this would just be racial groups (Latino's, Asian, Caucassian, Afro-American, 'White' Americans and so on). Culture, in my opinion, also includes the gay scene and the relationship between men and women. And I do believe that under George Bush certain contrasts are being emphasized (the measures on homosexuality for instance, which were a popular topic in the Dutch media) and which could lead to more aggression. But war
is too strong a term.
- What does "freedom" mean?
The right to do, think, say and express whatever you want, without intentionally harming anyone and without violating the legal and moral values.
- What does "security" mean?
A thought that someone believes in, in order to lead a stable life
Or: Feeling ensured that your basic human rights are not at stake.
- What makes a leader?
The power to explain unpopular, yet necessary measures to the majority, so that the region/country/company/whatever the leader is in charge of stays stable and nothing is polarized. So basically getting people to agree in their heads, with what they disagree with in their hearts.
What comes to your mind when you hear the following?
- Michael Moore
Entertaining, yet sometimes too narrow-minded. His criticism is a bit too simple, I think.
For me, there are already three: North, Central and Latin
I refer to 'America' only as the United States. Calling the USA 'America' is just not right and in fact rather cocky.
- "freedom we love it, they dont"
An idiotic sentence, which may well have been spoken by George Bush.
- "ownership society"
An anti-social, right-wing point of view. Liberty for all does not lead to an ideal situation. Smith, Ricardo and the Manchester School may have been popular during the Industrial Revolution, but they have been proven wrong. Entire liberalization of a nation leads to injustice.
- "compassionate conservative"
This reminds me of the Christian Democratic Party (CDA) from The Netherlands
Supposedly they care about others, but then they stab the poor, sick and handicapped in the back. So what would come to mind is: hypocrite.
- anyhow thx to anyone who helps me out..