I have been following this year’s US election. As an onlooker, there is some kind of entertaining element in my interest. But, at the same time, I am asking myself how it would be like if this election process was run in China, a country of 1.3 billion population. Since i don’t know the US election process very well, I am asking simple questions here: how feasible is democracy or how to put it in practice in a large country without it being downgraded to image competition?
On one hand, candidates have to use media to send out their messages. Selecting a leader of a small community is easy. People can make a choice based on their first-hand information or even personal experience. but, when selecting someone among millions/billions, candidates have to make himself/herself known by all voters through media.
On the other hand, most people has to rely on media to get relevant information. For most of people who are not interested in politics and simply want to get along with their daily life, few of them will do their own research to form their independent opinion. So media becomes their sole source to get the information of candidates.
The crucial role of media in this process surely gives room to manipulating and even brain washing in some sort. Marketing, PR campaign and image projection…it’s difficult to escape. People may think it’s their own decision, but it’s actually media that’s telling them what to think, what ‘others’ think although this questionable ‘others’ can be 1, 1 million, 1 billion…