China’s first democratic election of a third-grade hall monitor documented in Please Vote for Me

Tonight, after today’s historic inauguration of Barack Obama and television’s non-stop celebration of this part of our democracy, PBS’ Independent Lens will re-air a documentary that explores democracy in a very different context: China’s first-ever democratic election in a school, which is for a third-grade hall monitor.

The film, which is on DVD, follows the election of a hall monitor at the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China, where that position is typically appointed by teachers. The three teacher-selected candidates perform in a talent show, participate in a debate, and give a speech.

PBS says that their “campaign takes its toll, especially for the losing candidates and their assistants,” and that the film “challenges those committed to China’s democratization to consider the feasibility of, and processes involved in, its implementation.”

Here’s an excerpt:

Please Vote for Me [PBS]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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