View Full Version : Ethos - documentary feat. Woody Harrelson

04-29-2014, 12:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= SpMzoBR2Szo&feature=related


04-29-2014, 07:29 PM
Social Control (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_control) refers generally to societal and political mechanisms or processes that regulate individual and group behavior in an attempt to gain conformity and compliance to the rules of a given society, state, or social group. Sociologists identify two basic forms of social control:
1. Informal means of control - Internalisation of norms and values by a process known as socialization, which is defined as "the process by which an individual, born with behavioral potentialities of enormously wide range, is led to develop actual behavior which is confined to the narrower range of what is acceptable for him by the group standards."
2. Formal means of social control - External sanctions enforced by government to prevent the establishment of chaos or anomie in society. Some theorists, such as Émile Durkheim, refer to this form of control as regulation.
While the concept of social control has been around since the formation of organized sociology, the meaning has been altered over time and has been given both positive and negative connotations. Originally, the concept simply referred to society's ability to regulate itself. However, in the 1930s, the term took on its more modern meaning of an individual's conversion to conformity.

What would the world be like without social control?

Do we remember how to relate to others in a meaningful way or is it too late?

Democracy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy) is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or indirectly through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, religious, cultural, ethnic and racial equality, justice, liberty and fraternity. The term originates from the Greek δημοκρατία (dēmokratía) "rule of the people"

Does Democracy even exist today? Would we be interested in it if it did or is that something others should deal with?

Below is one person's look at the effects of active and passive consumerism. I do not fully agree with all of it, but it is certainly close to what I do believe.

Active and Passive Consumerism: Predicting an Impending Austerity (http://www.neiu.edu/~tokosun/Essays/Austerity.html) by T.Y. Okosun

I like the point of the video Dev posted...we can take control by use of our spending power.

It would be nice if there were a website where each of us could vote on the actions of corporations and they could be regulated by our purchasing power; they cross the line we don't buy!...True Democracy...just a thought.


05-01-2014, 12:40 AM
Does Democracy even exist today?

It does. That is why the world is fucked because the majority are idiots.

What really makes me angry about people who like democracy is that they seem to have confused the word democracy with the word freedom. These two words have nothing to do with each other.

One example: in Sweden there is a racist party in the government that most people dislike... they wanted to visit a school in order to convert some of the kids... people started demonstrating saying that racist views are not acceptable in a democratic society!

Is it only me who can see the hypocrisy of this? In a democratic society racist views are allowed, because we voted those views into the government.

Anyway that was a side note...