The Community Shouldn't Decide the Winner
Blind voting is arguably the most accurate way of representing people’s opinions and if it was applied to situations such as award shows we wouldn't have winners who are picked based off consensus
What is Blind Voting?
Blind voting is when people get together and vote on a subject or issue without being given the opportunity to see what other people vote for. It’s typically used in a lot of team settings where members have to vote on a certain proposed idea or solution to a problem; however it would be more useful if it was applied to voting situations such as award shows.
What’s the Issue with How Voting Takes Place Now?
When the public is given the opportunity to vote for nominees in an award show they’re allowed to see who other people vote for. You can easily search MTV Movie Awards on Google during award show season and it’ll direct you to the website where you’re given the option to vote. Then, you simply click on the person or movie you want to vote for but the problem with that is that there are other people’s votes there that have the potential to influence your decision. And when you have a group of people voting and influencing others, it starts to tie into the idea of consensus.
How Does Consensus Apply?
When a group of people come to a general agreement about something in life that causes other people to just go along with that decision it becomes known as consensus. In this context, you could vote for someone you’ve never even heard of simply because that person has more votes than the others. By basing your vote off of what other people vote for, you’re ultimately going along with what society has to say versus voicing your own opinion on the matter. And that is something that ultimately interferes with the truth of the topic. According to Marshall Poe, “the power of the community to decide, of course, asks us to reexamine what we mean when we say something is true” (Poe 359). That means that when we let the community decide on who should or shouldn’t win, we’re basically allowing people to decide who the better actor is. Take for example an award being handed out to either Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp; if Brad Pitt wins the award then we’re saying Brad Pitt is a better actor and that’s the truth that can’t be changed.
So What if People Didn't see Other Votes?
If the rest of the community’s votes remained hidden from society then we could have people voting for the person they truly believe should win. If websites take down the polls and make it so that your vote goes strictly to MTV’s website we could probably expect award shows to be more evened out. We wouldn't have the same person winning the same award every year just because they’re the popular celebrity and then we’d be able to say that award shows actually demonstrate an accurate representation of an actor’s work. If a new actor that nobody’s heard of comes along and gives a top class performance then they deserve to be recognized over a famous celebrity who only received their award based off of popularity and consensus. Blind voting is the only way to ensure accuracy and fairness in terms of who wins a competition which is why it needs to be utilized for community based award shows such as the People’s Choice Awards and the MTV Movie Awards.
Hartnett, Tim. “Basics of Consensus Decision-making.” Consensus Decision-Making. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.
Poe, Marshall. The Hive. 2013. Emerging: Contemporary Readings for Writers. By Barclay Barrios. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2010. 349–61. Print.