There is one glaring omission from this article, one that no one seems to be addressing: the muddled state of contemporary protests. I was born and currently live in DC, so I see my share of (and march in) lots of different protests. What I've learned is that the messages are not clear at all. If there is a progressive protest, it's always non-specific; we have everyone from socialists to anarchists to 9/11 conspiracy perpetuators. And that's for an "out of Iraq" protest.
If the message of a protest is not clear, then it's going to be ignored. These have become, in my mind, caricatures of themselves; they appear to most people ridiculous because they are ridiculous and a waste of time.
What we need is focus. We need specificity.
Nov 20 2008 - 8:24am