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A Vote for an iPod: A Fair Exchange?

Posted on Nov 14, 2007
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Perhaps the iPod touch could be viewed as early training for touch-screen voting machines—except for the latter gadgets’ tarnished reputation from the ‘00 elections.

Oh dear—file this one under “further evidence our democracy’s in deep trouble”:  The Politico reports that, according to a recent poll of over 3,000 NYU undergraduates conducted by an on-campus journalism class, two-thirds said they would give up their right to vote in the next presidential election in exchange for a year’s tuition at their school, while 20 percent said they’d swap it for an iPod touch. 

(However, given some of the electoral shenanigans that went down during the last two presidential elections, these poll results don’t necessarily point exclusively to an unhealthful obsession with Apple products among our nation’s youth.)

The Politico:

But they also overwhelmingly lauded the importance of voting.

Ninety percent of the students who said they’d give up their vote for the money also said they consider voting “very important” or “somewhat important”; only 10 percent said it was “not important.”

Also, 70.5 percent said they believe that one vote can make a difference—including 70 percent of the students who said they’d give up their vote for free tuition.

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Hey, NYU students:  Having trouble deciding which is more valuable?  Then do a little comparison shopping!  Here’s an exciting guided tour of the iPod touch in all its shiny glory.  And here’s the home page of Declare Yourself, a nonpartisan campaign that provides a host of reasons why voting might just be a worthwhile enterprise.

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By Jeff Hudsson, November 15, 2007 at 9:43 am Link to this comment
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Would you, like 1 out of 5 NYU students, give up your right to vote for an ipod? I’ve posted a poll with that question. Let’s see what are our national averages, not just those spoiled NY kids:

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By Logician, November 15, 2007 at 8:31 am Link to this comment

RE# 113662 by GlitchCog on 11/14 at 9:56 PM;

Hear, Hear!  Couldn’t have said it better!  You should see the fireworks whenever I ask people which corporate whore they’re voting for, it’s priceless.

The most indignant are the Hilary voters, don’t know and don’t care why, but when I point out that she is the whore of BigPharm, (one of her largest pimps) they get all new-agey snitty on me. 

How dare I attack her, a woman and all, we need the female voice in leadership, to protect Gaia, and anyway, what does it matter, etc, etc, etc….

What matters is what you said, GlitchCog, those candidates that make it are whores, subject only to their pimps, not the people.  Hilary, like all the others, will give her time and talents to her “Daddy”, not to this country.

It’s time to take this country back from corpocracy.

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By Fat Dancer, November 15, 2007 at 4:55 am Link to this comment
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Vote for Me…. Fat Dancer

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By cyrena, November 15, 2007 at 2:14 am Link to this comment

I’d probably give up my vote (one time) for a year of free tuition, books, room and board. (not an IPod though)

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By GlitchCog, November 14, 2007 at 10:56 pm Link to this comment

Your vote is worth approximately one iTunes song. Declaring that fact isn’t an act of diminishing the importance of a real vote, but rather declaring that what we have is not a real vote.

Corporate whore A vs. corporate whore B in a country where the divide between the few upper class and the many lower class (middle if you can’t be honest with yourself) is at a disgusting magnitude is not a democratic election.

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