Whitehead Blog 6

E is for efficacy.  In Political Science the term “political efficacy” relates to people’s trust in their government, and their belief in their ability to have an impact on governmental affairs.  Within the film there are examples of both high and low levels of political efficacy.  At the beginning, historically speaking, when the Chancellor rose to power and a cure to the St. Mary’s virus was discovered efficacy was at high.  However, as the film continues efficacy naturally declines which allows for the revolution to take place.

Through the people’s faith within the government and their leader, the Chancellor was able to create the new position of high Chancellor.  The people had faith within him and faith that he would help the country get back on its feet after the war.  Also, with the cure of the St. Mary’s virus, the people were in love with the government and their country as a whole.  As a matter of fact, during the movie when the pills were being shown was actually one of the brightest points, in terms of color, throughout the film.  Through this efficacy, and fear due to several things, the government was able to gain prominence and influence over its people.  However, as the film continues peoples trust within the government declines.  A prime example of this is when the family is watching TV and not believing a word the news reporters are saying, knowing the reporters are controlled by the government.  These low levels of efficacy allow for V to organize his movement and gain prominence with the people.  In the end he uses this unity, unity against the government, to make his stamp on history.  Everyone is brought together and works together so that the message and ideology of the people can prevail.  Much like the domino scene, everyone has their place and all are needed in order to serve its function.  Like the domino’s, everyone must have their purpose or the whole thing can’t function; the domino design would be flawed, and the government should serve everyone rather than a couple.  The individual must be accounted for and the whole thing must operate as one so that the end result is a positive, and fundamentally/theoretically a true representation of the people.

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  1. Posted January 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I think that’s a great word/term to describe this film and you connect it with the movie is very interesting. I would have never looked at it like that before.

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  2. Posted January 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    I love how you linked both the domino effect and the bright colored pills to the level of trust that the British citizens held in their government. I didn’t realize the connection of both of these symbols with the British people’s political efficacy. It’s frightening to realize how much trust – or lack thereof – we have in our government. From this movie, it shows us that we have too much trust or too little trust, based on how much information we know about the government. This movie is filled with many life lessons in how we should approach our government.

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