In lecture, we have been discussing the idea of obedience. While we aimlessly type away, have we ever thought that we are performing act of disobedience? On this blog we have all done an array of things such as challenged public opinion, question or agree with experts, and voice our own ideas and opinions. As the semester comes to a close, I thought we take a step back from what we are hastily doing for a grade and put it into perspective.
The first aspect of the overall structure is Plato’s Crito “argument for escape” which explains, “that a person must do what the person knows is right”. In many cases during blogging, we are voicing our opinions as to what is right or wrong with our world and in many cases trying to find solutions or compromises to improve it. These opinions are what we think are right and most of the time, how other people should think or a least consider.
But then Socrates comes in with his incomplete argument for obedience which revolves around the idea that “opinions are not knowledge” and that “experts are more likely to have knowledge thannon-experts”. Since we are all in an intro to political theory class, we are obviously not the experts rather novices who are starting to develop ideas about all of these concepts we have discussed with the expert Professor and GSI’s. A lot of times we could be agreeing with what has been said in lecture and discussion but other times we are purposefully disagreeing to prove our own point.
Then there are the two theories of obligations. One being the theory of tacit consent which is when one gives consent to join a certain government or society. In a way, by commenting on a certain blog, you are giving consent to a person’s opinion, validating the opinion of a “non-expert”. There is also the “theory of reciprocity” where one gives gratitude back to your society/government as you would your elders. This could be seen as a student obeying a teachers’ instructions to blog and in return receiving a decent grade.
Most people see blogging partially as an easier way to get a good grade.I see it as a way for people, if taken seriously, to obey or disobey with experts on these topics.What do you think? Do you believe that blogging is an act of disobedience or are we just obeying with what we are told by our teachers?