The President... And The American Idol

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I have just turned off the TV after watching the finale of American Idol. David Cook became the American Idol, and I agreed with Simon that it did not really matter who won this year, as both were brilliant.

Of course, after yesterday's Simon's statement to little David "you came here to win, but it was a knockout", I personally thought that David Cook lost. He didn't, and that was fine. No big deal. Well, it depends how you look at it.

It was by 12 million votes that he beat  David Archuleta. I spoke to several compatriots and turned out we all were sure that after yesterday Simon's remarks the fate of American Idol was securely in the hands of Archuleta.

Of course, I am pretty sure that a lot of Americans were thinking the same way, this is not the point. The point is that if it were in Russia, where a popular member of the jury, or a host, or a politician gives publicly such an assessment, David Cook would not have had a chance of winning. People would not have voted for him.

I have to do some explanation here as I can have readers shaking their heads in disbelief. This is not a scientific research, this is my take on certain things in life, and whether it is supported by some scientific data or not, I do not know.

Here's what I am coming at. We are different. Americans tend to think that people around the world are pretty much the same, provided they have the same opportunities. Noble view, but as far from the reality as it can only be. We are the same only biologically. We are different in everything else. 

Here's the real life example. In Kiev somewhere in the 60s or 70s the researches made the experiment. They took a group of 30 middle school kids and brought them to the museum. There was a painting. It was a colored square. I do not remember the color, and it is irrelevant. Let's say it was green. 29 kids were rehearsed what to do, and one girl wasn't. So the teacher pointed to the picture and said that it was depicting a black square.

The girl was surprised and said that it was green. The teacher turned to the kids and asked them what color was the square. The kids said it was black. I remember watching this video recording. The girl was very confused. But everuone was saying that it was black, so when the teacher asked her again, the girl said it was black.

In any totalitarian regime the power of a group is so significant, that everybody learn to be like others, to think like others, and to behave like others. This is vital for surviving. Because under any totalitarian regime everything that is different from the majority, is the enemy. Your survival depends on being with the majority, associating yourself with the majority. The society functions by the majority rule.

I am not an expert, but I strongly believe now that if you do hte same test in America, the kid would not say black as easy. There is no danger to be different.

In a Russian environment, if an influential person says that this was won by a knockout, it is a sign for the majority. In a totalitarian regime it can't be any other way. And any voice on the TV is the influential voice as TV is the way of the Regime to influence the people. If they say this guy won, and the people vote the opposite, then this is a revolt, and tanks would have been brought in as it happened so many times in Russian history.

It goes way deeper than what I am showing here, and I may return to that some day, but what I wanted to say is that this voting for the American Idol could not have happened the same way in Russia, Cuba, North Korea, and in many other countries. By the way, they all have similar contests, pretty similar... but still different.

And after seeing this with my own eyes, and knowing that 12 million Americans did not have a problem to not listen to Simon Cowell, I know that no matter what is said, nobody can force Americans to vote for the President that they do not like. Yes, you can fight for the votes all day long, but you can't create any artificial majority. Because this is America. Whether we like this President or not.

This is what makes this country different. This is what makes it great. We can and should be proud of it. It is a heck of a task for generations ahead in some other countries.

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I was the little girl who agreed that it was black.  But I was resentful.

I have 3 daughters.  One would have said no, green, definitely and defiantly, and would never have listened to another word the teacher said, and worried about the other kids.  One would have said that it takes all colors to make black and everyone sees colors differently so it is fine that they all see it as black.  One would have said, whatever! and never give it another thought.

But still, you are right, each had their own thoughts and expressed them.

Jon - you always have at least one wierd comment, don't you?

May 22, 2008 02:31 AM #1
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Virginia - Thanks for at least one comment, weird or not (LOL).

May 22, 2008 10:15 PM #2
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Jon, I am with Virginia here: my oldest would let everyone know that the square is actually a circle, never mind what color, and the little one would conduct an opinion poll and attempt to comfort everyone who might be unhappy with the colors they saw :-)

On another note, i was pretty darn convinced that little David would win, and I am extremely happy that it was COOK. Simon usually is pretty on though, just not on Tuesday. Interesting post, all in all.

May 23, 2008 12:06 AM #3
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Inna - I just love it. Both you and Virginia are commenting outside of any political or power influences. It is the point of the blog. Not everywhere this is like that. Actually, there are very few places where this is like that. Your oldest would not have done it in some countries without the consequences.

This is the beauty of what we, as Americans, have.

Americans often say that they take a lot of things for granted, and this is one of those. And this is good for America

 

May 23, 2008 12:22 AM #4
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Perhaps those 12 million votes were more AGAINST (the pompous all knowing Simon) as FOR David Cook

May 23, 2008 12:47 PM #5
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Carol - I would absolutely not agree with it. If you watched the show (and it goes back to other seasons as well), his assessments rarely were wrong.

He is the only juror, who besides a comment, made a point of explaining to contestants why and what. Yes, he was straightforward and often unpleasant, but he was not Randy with "I don't know..." adage or Paula's love of the entire Universe, that would give the contestants the sense of direction.

I think he is the one who helped them to grow professionally. "You are who you are" repeated time and again does not give the contestants anything, the same as "I donlt know, dude..."

If you want to be the best, you do not need the niceties, their value is nothing.

We are off topic, but I just thought that it is important to mention.

If you would need a mentor in your real estate career to get to $1 Mil in commission, which style would you choose? Would you want an honest assessment and sense of direction, or just hear that "you are who you are", which as well can mean that you are a loser and nothing would ever change it? (please, this is for the sake of the argument, and nothing about you)

May 23, 2008 01:25 PM #6
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John, not an idol fan, but, I did happen to see a few minutes of the show. Saw Simon apologize (kind of) for his statements after reviewing the performances. Saw Cook & ZZ Top, saw voting results.

It isn't only in totalitarian systems where the power of the group is so strong. It happens here to, where the power of group think blinds people to the reality.

And, like you, I am amazed at how many people, who have never traveled outside of the U.S. (except for maybe to Canada, or Tiajuan or the Bahamas) are so ready to measure and judge others by U.S. customs.

May 23, 2008 01:42 PM #7
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Mike - One of the biggest difficulties for us to understand the differences, is that any behavior in some form you would find here, so we tend to think that this is the same. And in many cases it is not.

There is corruption here and in US. So we often assume that there is no difference. But the difference is night and day. Somtimes it is actually onle the term that is the same.

Of course, voting along the party lines, group lines, other blocks is known here. What, however, I mean is the survival skill of people in totalitarian regimes to smell the "right" side, the skill to smell the wind, and go with the majority.

Look at the comments. Virginia said that her one daughter would say "green", the other would say this and the third would say something different. I worked in school in Russia, and 1,000 kids of that school would have said what was needed without ever hesitating. There were 2 kids that would alolow themselves to say what they thought, and they had very serious trouble from other kids, who were the conformists. There was only the majority. You are either with us, or you are the enemy. And enemies do not do well in a society like that

May 23, 2008 10:24 PM #8
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I agree, John, althought I have never had the opportunity to travel to Russia. I have been to many other places where it is not only expected to bribe provide gifts, but it is legal, places where we are required, by our laws to operate as if we were in the U.S. Not saying it is right or wrong, but different.

One thing to remember, though, all children start out the same, regardless of culture. From about birth, to age 3 or 4, they all go through the same stages, making the same drawings, doing the same progression of activities, etc. Then we go and screw them up.

Take care, good post.

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Well said and good point, Jon. It's sad, but I'd bet that voter turn out was better for Idol (as a % of viewers) than it will be for the POTUS!

May 24, 2008 09:16 AM #10
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Remember, on Idol you can vote as many times as you want. Thanks God we can't do that for our elections (except maybe Chicago).

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Mike - Let me use your example about the bribes. Yes, it is illegal in Russia. At the same time it is the way the whole country operates. So, how this works. You in your business pay what you have to (otherwise you do not have business), however, when there is a power struggle or the competiton  gets stronger, you may be easily rounded up, because you were breaking the laws. Hey, everyone is breaking the laws. But this is none of your business. You answer for yourself. So, if you lose, you go to jail.

Law and punishment is the instrument in the hands of those in power. They exercise it to handle the situations. Everyday somebody goes to jail for breaking the laws, which are being broken by everyone else.

It is a simple way of singleing you out if needed. You do not live by the law, you survive by being able to be on the right side, and if you do not have the skill to smell the wind and be very quick and responsive, you can't be successful in business.

That's why my former partner in Moscow is a businessman there, and I am not, and I am happy here, because there I cold have already been in jail, if not worse. Maybe not for being a lawbreaker, a crook, but for being not a smart crook. And I am not.

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Wayne -  Iwould not be surprised if you are right. It is good and bad. Good because it shows that there is a heck of the stability in this society, and we feel it, and if we do not vote for the best candidate, the worst wold not make it a Nazi country, or a Communist country.

In Venezuela it does. You get who you vote for. It is a heck of a difference.

May 24, 2008 11:34 AM #13
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Simon cooked little Davids goose with his comment's. Its happened before and it will happen as long as people who think their guy is a shoe in don't work as hard to ensure that he actually wins.

May 25, 2008 07:24 PM #14
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Barrie - You just found the way to explain this (LOL). I am trying to show that Americans are smarter and are not that prone to manipulation, and you do not let me (LOL).

I still think that my theory is at least more flattering, so I will stick to it.

Thanks for commenting

May 26, 2008 02:33 AM #15
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