(Page 12) Reagan demanded that the Soviet’s “surrender “ (change their behavior) and without changing these behaviors, they would no longer receive the many benefit they were benefiting from, from the West. Sharansky explained that this had been a revolution in diplomatic thinking, and in doing this…Reagan was able to find the “Achilles Heel” of His enemies. PART 2: Sharansky’s formula for the mechanics of tyranny divided the world into two different categories. One category was free society in which people could speak freely of their opinions and not be punished for it and the second society was know as the fear society which was pretty much the opposite.
Most of the citizen listen to the governments idea if equality because either they agree with the idea of absolute equality or because they fear the government and they don’t want to have to face the consequences of rebelling against the governments harsh and oppressive ideologies. Equality may be achieved in the most literal form of the word, but it is achieved at the cost of freedom. Freedom is no longer in their society because they do not have the freedom to think any more, a prime example would be the “mental handicap radio” (464) that is places in George’s ear in order to distract him from his own thoughts. In Harrison Bergeron the television is used in order to essentially brain wash the citizens and to instill fear into them as well. The importance of the television is seen through out the short story by having the entire narrative taking place with both the main characters, Hazel and George, being in front of the television the whole time.
Television was the alternative to knowledge that the author used in Fahrenheit 451, but why? It was the form of media which can arguably be considered the most popular way that the government controls what we see, and the things that they want us to think. Now, with that theory there are two sides: The government, and the people who believe what they are doing is incorrect. McLuhan and Montag are similar in that neither of them agree with the government. They agree that our society is best run with the freedom to disagree and record the findings for another individual to build upon.
Locke believes that civil disobedience is justifiable if the government’s legitimate authority is questioned by the people, since he believes that we all consent to leaving the state of nature through a social contract with the Leviathan, a ruler or ruling body, which will ensure safety to all its subjects/citizens. This means that the people need to back the legitimacy of a government’s authority over them. If this doesn’t happen then civil disobedience is acceptable in a lockean ideology. This means that any form of civil disobedience is an show of lack of
That is where the person either thinks that they already look like someone on TV or they believe they don’t need to. Deep down on some level they are envious and it is not their fault. They have been programmed since young that they are supposed to look a certain way because of what they have seen in movies. Women are supposed to be skinny with perfect bodies and the men are supposed to be chiseled and muscular, and that’s not how everyone is. This is the biggest type of persuasion and the most dangerous, the reason I say this because not only do people judge themselves on how they look but they judge everyone else.
Appearance can also make us feel less confident because of the fact that our appearance doesn’t fit in the group like your friends. Other will judge on other people on the way they look, the way they dress, which will lead us to think we don’t look good and it might even lead us to neglect ourselves. 2. Age- When we are young; we will not care about whom we are friends with or how to be part of the group. But as you get older, it will start affecting our self concept, self esteem and self image because we will start caring about being part of the group.
For instance, on “America’s Next Top Model” young viewers wish to be thin, tall, and overall a model, but go about it in the wrong ways. Shows like theses gives young viewers the impression of being tall and thin is how most people are suppose to look, and if you do not look like that then something has to be wrong with them. Many reality shows make narcissism seems normal; therefore, making young viewers have a mind set of it acceptable to do outrageous things to their bodies to look a certain way and be accepted by society. Not only have narcissistic people affected the younger generation’s perception on appearance, but it has also affected their behavior. Twenge says, “reality TV is very popular, and it is supposed to how ‘real life’ and real behavior without the façade of fictionalized dialogue and story lines.
• How do these factors play a role in our expectations of other people? Evaluating someone through their social class, looks, race, religion, and more can drastically affect our expectations. When you develop expectations on a person you set yourself up for failure and allow yourself to be let down. If someone is gorgeous on TV or in images you evaluate that they truly are a beautiful person. When you meet them and you see they look like everyone else and are not that person you expected them to be you are taken back and let down.
Alex Sale Ms. Mittleman 11/18/09 To Live Free From Society Or Die A Conformist Transcendentalism began when some philosophers started challenging the state of culture and society. Transcendental ideas are the keys to a better future. One must rely on his/her own self, in essence self-reliance, and from the reliance of the self comes self-assertion, and putting yourself out into the world. Transcendentalists believed that one should not rely on anyone else but his/herself, and that one should be free in his/her thoughts. The most important aspect of the transcendental self is the concept that one should free itself from society’s boundaries.
Human example and influence are also very powerful and can corrupt the mind eager for recognition or that craves to feel wanted and accepted. The morals and values that this type of person has been taught are pushed to the back of his/her mind and become less important than the need to "fit in". Unfortunately for these people, any attention and recognition is sought after, even if it is negative. There is an obvious difference between those who are afflicted with no conscience at birth and those who have one. No amount of moral teaching or love and comfort will keep these people satisfied and happy to be "good".