A weakness found in current protet model

Discussion in 'Think Tank' started by Jeff Jacobsen, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Jeff Jacobsen Member

    This muted effect is not because social media isn’t good at what it does, but, in a way, because it’s very good at what it does. Digital tools make it much easier to build up movements quickly, and they greatly lower coordination costs. This seems like a good thing at first, but it often results in an unanticipated weakness: Before the Internet, the tedious work of organizing that was required to circumvent censorship or to organize a protest also helped build infrastructure for decision making and strategies for sustaining momentum. Now movements can rush past that step, often to their own detriment.
    In Spain, protesters who called themselves the Indignados (the outraged) took to public squares in large numbers in 2011, yet the austerity policies they opposed are still in effect. Occupy Wall Street filled Lower Manhattan in October 2011, crystallizing the image of the 99 percent versus the 1 percent without forcing a change in the nation’s widening inequality. And in Egypt, Tahrir Square protesters in January 2011 used social media to capture the world’s attention. Later that year, during clashes in the square, four people in their 20s used Google spreadsheets, mobile communication and Twitter to coordinate supplies for 10 field hospitals that cared for the wounded. But three years later, a repressive military regime is back in power....
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  2. rickybobby Member

    Yes, this is what happened to Occupy. They protested before they had a firm idea of what they were doing and where they were going, and as a result they just petered out.

    Protesting is not the GOAL of a social movement, protesting is merely a TOOL to reach a goal of a social movement. Along the line, somebody, somewhere, has to sit down and figure out what the hell the goal actually IS, and it needs to be concrete and attainable. I see too many people who want to protest for nebulous reasons-- say "social justice" or some variation of "the rich have too much money." They have no idea what they really WANT. Do they want more taxes on the rich? Do they want their senators or congressmen to vote for certain measures? Do they want rent controls? More hate crime laws?

    Smart groups who want to make lasting change have thought through their organizational goals, formulated plans, and are ready to take advantage of an opportunity when it arises. If a group of people becomes outraged enough that they want to protest--- well, looky here! We have already thought this through and have the infrastructure in place to harness that energy with help getting organized and focussing protests so they are effective and realistic. And, by the way, this is what you can do AFTER the protest to further your goals.

    Watch the NAACP if you want to be schooled. They have this down to a fine art, from the goalsetting, to the initial coalition building and all the way down to the nuts and bolts organizing of a protest. They are masters at tapping into these moments of outrage and turning them into MOVEMENTS.
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  4. rickybobby Member

    And your goal would be........???????
  5. DeathHamster Member

    Not that they haven't been Private Army-ed from time to time.
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