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Chinese Democracy

Please Vote for Me DVD coverWhat happens when you introduce a democratic election into a class of third-graders in Wuhan, China? Apparently, some of the same calculating behaviors we see exhibited in political races in the U.S. Please Vote for Me (2007) is a fascinating study of what candidates feel they must do to win an election. In this filmed experiment, the role of class monitor, usually appointed by the teachers, will be decided by popular vote. Name-calling, campaign promises, and offering of incentives are all the more troubling since this is a culture that hasn’t already been inundated with unsavory politicking.  Please Vote for Me is a compelling story on its own, and it also offers sobering insight into the competitive nature of each of us.

By MPPL on November 14, 2011 Categories: Movies and TV, Nonfiction

2 Responses

  1. Tim says:

    looks like there is a dead link in this post…
    — the documentary days promo page does not exist on the new site — should be unlined :-)

    Maybe the entire sentence referring to the promotion should be removed?

    • Readers' Advisor says:

      Thank you for noting the oversight, Tim. The post has been edited to remove reference to a past event.