Tag Archive | politics

A tale of two political systems

This is an interesting TED video about political systems.

It’s a standard assumption in the West: As a society progresses, it eventually becomes a capitalist, multi-party democracy. Right?

Eric X. Li, a Chinese investor and political scientist, begs to differ. In this provocative, boundary-pushing talk, he asks his audience to consider that there’s more than one way to run a successful modern nation.

Imagine a European Democracy Without Borders

Can we create a Europe without borders?

Greece has been the poster child for European economic crisis, but former Prime Minister George Papandreou wonders if it’s just a preview of what’s to come.

“Our democracies,” he says, “are trapped by systems that are too big to fail, or more accurately, too big to control” — while “politicians like me have lost the trust of their peoples.” How to solve it? Have citizens re-engage more directly in a new democratic bargain.

Public Opinion Polls

This is an interesting video about out opinions and the importance of them.

How do public opinion polls work? And, more importantly, are they accurate? Jason Robert Jaffe reveals the complexities and biases of polls and provides tips on how to think about polls as we make everyday decisions.

The Politics of Fiction

Is there a connection between stories, imagination and politics?

Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.

Why you should listen to her (from her TED Speaker Page):

Elif Shafak explicitly defies definition — her writing blends East and West, feminism and tradition, the local and the global, Sufism and rationalism, creating one of today’s most unique voices in literature.

Her uncommon political stances have not gone without controversy. At the publication of her novel The Bastard of Istanbul, which crosses two family histories, one Turkish, the other Armenian, she faced charges for “insulting Turkishness.” The case was later dismissed, and Shafak’s role in the rare combination of radical and sentimental writer remains uninterrupted. Shafak also writes song lyrics for well-known rock musicians in her country.

How social media can make history

As a follow-up to my last post about Twitter and the impact on journalism, in this video from TEDEd we find out more about the impact of social media.

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter, and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.