Fear and motivation
Re: “‘Coconut shell’ students find their voice”, (Opinion, Nov 13)
This phenomenon is interesting. It suggests changes in Thais’ cultural values. Thailand has high-power distance and uncertainty avoidance indices. These two cultural values positively correlate with defensive and acquiescent silence. The associations of these indices become weaknesses, and are being exploited by the military junta that uses fear to motivate and shape people’s behaviour to fits its agenda.
It’s a kind of social engineering. SAM900