Challenge: Host an Election
Due 11/7/2018 by 7am
In 1996, I went to a thing called Boy’s State in Nebraska growing up. It was a weeklong model student government. We had to decide whom to elect to what offices, and from that came a set of values that drew support from one candidate over another until the whole thing came to a head as we elected a governor.
The issue of our imaginary state potentially declaring English as the official language was hotly contested between two candidates, one from my clan defending status quo, and a slick, attractive charmer from another arguing for the declaration.
Yes, you can ignore this prompt. Yes you can write in the normal mix of 3-5 nameless and genderless characters you have a habit of using. Yes, you can write with a fourth wall.
Divide the audience. Name them.
Have a debate over the name of something that has regional variance.
Example: Whether Soda should be called Pop or Coke or whatever.
Have “Appeal to authority” with expert testimony
Have “Appeal to authenticity” with personal narratives
Have “Appeal to tradition”
Have “Appeal to logic”
Have “Appeal to ad nauseum” repeating a point over and over and over
Each of these can be a character or a history or an interjection
Each should be treated as a mini-play with an inciting conflict between what they want to say and someone else- the other politician? A clan of audience? And each resolve in a climax.
Finish with a victor- bonus to surprise yourself and the audience that it’s satisfyingly the opposite of your point of view.