Thursday, February 15, 2007

Question #3: Regarding Social Norms

Say you, personally, wanted to change a social norm. In light of the last 100 years of American history, what method would you use to make that change?


Shane said...

Terrorist acts representing the opposite end of the spectrum. For instance, if I want it to be okay for people to eat their pets, I would join the people-against-eating-their-pets group and convince the leadership to begin blowing pet eating establishments up.

Matthew said...

Ok, so one vote for terrorism. =)

Shane said...

I guess what I really mean is fear. People afraid of things will cow in submission under my protection and goodwill, accepting or shunning things they normally would not. . . eventually a new norm is established. For instance, people afraid of different races will move to the suburbs. But when people hear on the news racists are being lynched by right minded people, they will be less likely to be overtly racist.