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Tammy
Oct 9th, 2004, 07:07 PM
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 http://wtaworld.com/ubb/tongue.gif 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 !!!

- They are indeed quite simple and do not require an extremely lengthy answer - but feel free to provide one!!

a little background info..

- age?

- sex?

- democrat, republican, etc.. ? (sorry for the labels!! http://wtaworld.com/ubb/tongue.gif)

- 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 ?

- What does "freedom" mean?

- What does "security" mean?

- What makes a leader?


What comes to your mind when you hear the following?

- Michael Moore

- "two americas"

- "freedom we love it, they dont"

- "ownership society"

- "compassionate conservative"




- anyhow thx to anyone who helps me out.. http://wtaworld.com/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

CooCooCachoo
Oct 9th, 2004, 07:31 PM
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 http://wtaworld.com/ubb/tongue.gif 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 !!!

Hey :bigwave:

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..

- age?

18 :cool:

- sex?

Male :)

- democrat, republican, etc.. ? (sorry for the labels!! http://wtaworld.com/ubb/tongue.gif)

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..)


Dutch :)

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 ;) Also: Utopia.

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.

- "two americas"

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 :tape: 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.. http://wtaworld.com/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

You're welcome :)

CooCooCachoo
Oct 9th, 2004, 07:34 PM
I do hope more people will want to take the time to help you. I once held a survey over the Internet as well, and it was hard to get people to cooperate :(

*Karen*
Oct 9th, 2004, 08:38 PM
Age:17
Sex: Female
democrat, republican - don't really care
Country: Scotland, UK
Is there a culture war?: don't think so, not sure.
Freedom: Having the right to say what you want and do what you want within reason
Security: Keeping everything safe. Detecting danger. Feeling like you're not at risk of attack.
A leader: Someone that can guide people in a safe way. They are an authority figure, but also someone who can be trusted. Someone who only carries out actions when they have the support of the majority of their followers.
I'm too dumb and tired to think about the rest. Not slept since thursday night.
Michael Moore: Who?
two americas: Don't really know enough about america to make a valid comment.

thalle
Oct 9th, 2004, 08:54 PM
- age?
17

- sex?
Female

- democrat, republican, etc.. ? (sorry for the labels!! http://wtaworld.com/ubb/tongue.gif)
i really dont know, sorry:o


- Nationality (if american which region -ie; southwest, midwest, etc..)
Danish

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 wont say war. But there sure is problems with different kind of people. LikeCoocahoo(sp?) said, both homosexuals, black, white, asian all those are victims of racism, and that IMO can be consider maybe not war, but as a problem.

- What does "freedom" mean?
One can walk around withput feeling judged and looked down one. The same with saying, and feeling, and loving etc.

- What does "security" mean?
A bit like the answer above. You can walk around feeling safe even though you are "different"

- What makes a leader?
One who is strong and wise and knows when to speak when to shut up. Knows how to make the public feel safe and one who is also human and shows it. Must show fear, but at same time control

What comes to your mind when you hear the following?

- Michael Moore
Anti-Bush, good documentary, and controversial

- "two americas"
wrong. 52 (or is it 51 states) americas

- "freedom we love it, they dont"
everybody loves freedom, so stupid statement

- "ownership society"
not sure what this means, sorry

- "compassionate conservative"
not sure what this mean either


- anyhow thx to anyone who helps me out.. http://wtaworld.com/images/smilies/notworthy.gif
my pleasure, if it was any help:)

Helen Lawson
Oct 9th, 2004, 09:00 PM
- age? I'm 86, though some sources say I'm 87. Let's stick with 86.

- sex? Female

- democrat, republican, etc.. ? (sorry for the labels!! http://wtaworld.com/ubb/tongue.gif) Independent!

- Nationality (if american which region -ie; southwest, midwest, etc..) Born in Brooklyn to parents of Irish and Swedish descent. Live in Hollywood, New York, Georgia, and Ft. Lauderdale.

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 ? Not that I'm aware of.

- What does "freedom" mean? I can do whatever I want.

- What does "security" mean? I have the money to do whatever I want.

- What makes a leader? Takes a position and sticks to it! Knows how to do the right thing and when. Intangible qualities. I know it when I see it.


What comes to your mind when you hear the following?

- Michael Moore Fat

- "two americas" a movie title?

- "freedom we love it, they dont" Who's "they"?

- "ownership society" Something I ought to join, I own a LOT!!!

- "compassionate conservative" Someone rich who feels bad for poor people and minorities, but doesn't really care to do anything about it.

Rtael
Oct 9th, 2004, 09:03 PM
- age?

16

- sex?
Male

- democrat, republican, etc.. ? (sorry for the labels!! http://wtaworld.com/ubb/tongue.gif)
None of the above?

- Nationality (if american which region -ie; southwest, midwest, etc..)
American Southeast (but born in Mid-North-East-West-ish....in other words Michigan)

- Is there a culture war in the United States ?
Yes, I suppose.....but that would be true for any point in time really. One generation will always have different ideals than another, and different people within the same generation will have different ideals.

- What does "freedom" mean?
Freedom means having the ability to make any choice you wish to without restriction.

- What does "security" mean?
Not being afraid.

- What makes a leader?
Someone who believes the same things as I do.

- Michael Moore
Documentaries, Bowling for Columbine

- "two americas"
uhm....nothing?

- "freedom we love it, they dont"
Bad grammar?

- "ownership society"
Nothing......

- "compassionate conservative"
Oxymoron.

MisterQ
Oct 9th, 2004, 09:22 PM
- age?
28

- sex?
Male

- democrat, republican, etc.. ? (sorry for the labels!! )
Democrat

- Nationality (if american which region -ie; southwest, midwest, etc..)
Northeast US (New York)

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 ?
Yes. To answer it in part (it's impossible to describe in full detail): Certain manifestations of right-wing fundamentalist Christianity are hard to reconcile with many of the social developments of the last few decades. The battle over these conflicting ideals pervades government and the media.

- What does "freedom" mean?

The ability to vote in safe and fair elections, to speak and protest, to choose careers and living circumstances without restrictions, to have legal counsel, and to avoid being thrown in prison without due process.

- What does "security" mean?

At this point in time, I suppose it usually means preventing terrorists from attacking inside our borders.

- What makes a leader?

Someone who is calm, collected, and articulates a vision clearly. Someone who demonstrates resolve, but is able to compromise. Someone who is able to make confident decisions, but also is willing to take advice. Someone who does not abuse his/her power.


What comes to your mind when you hear the following?

- Michael Moore
When I first saw "Roger and Me" years ago, I thought it was a clever, brave one-of-a-kind piece by a maverick independent director. I never thought Moore would continue on in his career to become such a huge figure these days. He has become a hero for liberals who want the truth as they see it to be heard. But he's also a provacateur, a man who has made some distasteful moves in my opinion. Overall I applaud what he is doing, but there are always some reservations.

- "two americas"

It's an extraordinary situation right now. The nation is so evenly divided. The electoral college map shows "red states" (Republican) and "blue states" (Democrat). I think many of those who support Kerry cannot conceive of how anyone could support Bush, and vice-versa. There is a great split between our visions of how the country can improve.

- "freedom we love it, they dont"

We in the U.S. often hear about the USA being the "greatest nation on earth" and the "birthplace of democracy." It can leave one with the grossly inaccurate impression that only we enjoy prosperity, freedom and democracy. Sometimes even our politicians spout these kinds of ideas.

- "ownership society"

I don't really know much about this term. But I assume it means a sort of hands-off approach to government, the idea that things will work out for the best if business and capitalism are allowed to proceed without government interference. I tend to disagree.

- "compassionate conservative"

This can end up meaning "compassionate to those who agree with you."

Tammy
Oct 9th, 2004, 09:30 PM
- so cute!! lol http://wtaworld.com/ubb/smile.gif - and well the statement is indeed based off of an quote - its worded that way for a reason and per request from a prof. http://wtaworld.com/ubb/wink.gif


- "freedom we love it, they dont"
Bad grammar?
- thx to everyone who participated so far http://wtaworld.com/images/smilies/notworthy.gifhttp://wtaworld.com/images/smilies/kiss.gifhttp://wtaworld.com/images/smilies/notworthy.gif

Rtael
Oct 10th, 2004, 04:17 AM
*bump*

I Love Sharapova
Oct 10th, 2004, 08:08 AM
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 http://wtaworld.com/ubb/tongue.gif 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 !!!

- They are indeed quite simple and do not require an extremely lengthy answer - but feel free to provide one!!

a little background info..

- age?

- sex?

- democrat, republican, etc.. ? (sorry for the labels!! http://wtaworld.com/ubb/tongue.gif)

- 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 ?

- What does "freedom" mean?

- What does "security" mean?

- What makes a leader?


What comes to your mind when you hear the following?

- Michael Moore

- "two americas"

- "freedom we love it, they dont"

- "ownership society"

- "compassionate conservative"




- anyhow thx to anyone who helps me out.. http://wtaworld.com/images/smilies/notworthy.gif
Age: 27

Sex:Male

Political aspirations: Somewhat of a moderate with a leaning toward Republicanism.

Nationality: American (Southeastern, Texas)

Culture War?
Definitely. I do believe that there is a "culture war" between secular humanists and traditionalists. I tend to be more of a traditionalist myself.

Freedom: Freedom means,at least to me, the continuous pursuit of satisfaction and the ability to obtain it.

Security: Simply means safety or confidence.

Leader: A leader is someone who makes decisions regardless of whether they are popular. A leader is someone who acts under his/her own volition.

Michael Moore: Conspiracy theorist, documentarian,liberal

Two Americas: I don't believe in this. While there certainly is the "haves" and "have-nots," I don't view this as being "two Americas" per se. :rolleyes:

Compassionate Conservative: Someone who is conservative who views issues in a somewhat liberal slant.

CooCooCachoo
Oct 10th, 2004, 09:06 AM
- BUMP -

Just do the survey, people ;)

James
Oct 10th, 2004, 10:36 AM
Age: 28
Sex: Male
Democrat, republican: Democrat, I'm dutch so it's not easy to choose there, I'm left of center in dutch political terms
Nationality: Dutch
Is there a culture war in the United States?: I'm not sure as I can only rely on what the media shows us. I think the word war would go to far, but there are likely to be clashes, the Bush administration very well manages to introduce themselves as well.
What does "freedom" mean?: The right to be the person you want to be, without hurting others.
What does "security" mean?: The right to feel safe and be protected from harm inflicted by others.
What makes a leader?: A person who really listens to his people (our prime minister therefore can be cancelled) and has the power to unite people even when times are hard

What comes to your mind when you hear the following?

- Michael Moore: I've read his book and he raises some valid points, but he is a bit too paranoid for my taste sometimes.

- "two americas": Don't think you can speak of "Two americas". There are probably more then that, as the Bush administration has really divided people. Time for Kerry to make the country more a union.

- "freedom we love it, they dont": Strange quote, everybody in their heart loves freedom.

- "ownership society": I guess this means that everything is left to the market and the government does not intervene. The government doesn't have to do everything, but should always make sure public interests are being safeguarded.

- "compassionate conservative": That seems the correct label for our Christian Democrats as CooCooCachoo stated earlier.

Dave B
Oct 10th, 2004, 10:55 AM
- age?

21

- sex?

Male

- democrat, republican, etc.. ? (sorry for the labels!! http://wtaworld.com/ubb/tongue.gif)

Democrat

- Nationality (if american which region -ie; southwest, midwest, etc..)

American, TX, NYC for over 2 years

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 ?

No. There is a pluraity of cultures that have some conflicting ideas. But they share a lot of the same goals.

- What does "freedom" mean?

The lack of coercive force preventing an action

- What does "security" mean?

A reasonably high chance that one will get to keep their life and possesions

- What makes a leader?

Someone that is honest about who they are and stands up for what they believe in

What comes to your mind when you hear the following?

- Michael Moore

too pushy. I like my political stuff understaded and thought provoking...e.g. something that makes you think, not tells you what to think

- "two americas"

the continents. north and south

- "freedom we love it, they dont"

bull. They just see it differntly--whoever "they" are. And "they" should, because "they" are in a far different situation than "we."

- "ownership society"

John Locke. And to think Jefferson changed right to proerty to pursuit of happiness.

- "compassionate conservative"

I don't care about weather conservatives are compassionate. I care about what policies people push for, and how those policies will effect the world.

Hope this helps.