Please respond to one of the following questions in your blog post for this week (due Thursday, June 13th by 5pm). Your blog post should be on this page (our class website), and should be at least 250 words long. Also, you do need to include at least one direct quote from one of the readings for this week (Schmitter, Sodaro/MJS ch. 7, Van Belle and Mash/VB ch. 10, or Weldes). Please let me know if you have any questions.
- Think about the US in relation to Sodaro’s 4 faces of Democracy and his 3 basic principles (rule of law, inclusion and equality). How does the US stack up? Is it on the minimum or maximum side of the scale? Are there any aspects in which the US appears to be off the scale entirely?
- What do you think about the relationship between regime change and technology? Are Internet-based technologies inherently democratic or not? Do Internet-technologies create opportunities for democratic activities or movements outside of the state system? What current event is making you think about the relationship between politics and technology right now?
- In “A Head in the Polls” you watched a fictional election play out. What did this election reveal to you about the Planet Earth society in Futurama? Futurama is generally seen as a satire or commentary on our current world, and in particular on the US, did this episode make you rethink your understanding of the US? Did it make you rethink the US-as-a-democracy? Please use an example from the episode in your answer.