Simsoc Essay

1059 words - 5 pages

SIMSOC
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation” by Douglas MacArthur. This phrase describes the experience in my point of view of what happened during the simulated society done in class for the past few weeks. As a participant in the red team for the simulated society may influence the view I have from the experience in the society with the rest of the participants in the other teams, but similar in certain way with participants in my team.
The moment everyone got a designated to a region or team, we already started having an in-group / out-group bias. Everyone designated to the red region begun thinking how we are going to do to make it progress, specially when we found out that we were the only region with nothing absolutely nothing no money, no subsistence and no travel, like I said nothing. We started thinking in a more of a socialistic point of view by making everything belong to everyone in the group and if it was not enough for the entire group to survive we will die together; this made our group to have group cohesiveness by having a perceived unity, we decided that we will start a riot against the other groups to make them realize that we needed their help in order to survive.
Meanwhile, in the other groups we saw different social effects like the above average effect because the other groups had subsistence agencies, travel agencies, and enterprises, so this made easier for them to survive; specially the green group which had almost everything, we considered them the rich ones, this made them think that they were better than the other groups. In this group we observed a big effect of role conformance in some of the participants involved in the green group; for example, the representative of POP came to the red region to make a trade votes for subsistence, but the attitude she came towards us was not who she normally will be when she is in class; her attitude and actions showed role conformance to the role she had in the simulated society which was power against the less fortunate like us in the red region.
At the beginning the effect of the door-in-the-face technique was seen; for instance, when the girl on the green team came to us saying that she will give us five subsistence tickets for all of our votes; however, we rejected the offer and we proposed a more convenient and better option to trade the five subsistence tickets for only five votes which was equal. This demonstrated groupthink because everyone in the red team agreed to make it fare to everyone in the group, if one of us dies, all of us will die. This thought is what the red team carried through out the entire simulation and I think this was what it kept us alive for the rest of the sessions.
After the first round, we decided that we needed to name someone that will speak for us in the other regions and because we could only afford the private...

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