Protesting – a bit more reflection

The VE team aren’t natural protestors - we were all beaten up in school playgrounds, and worst of all, the experience didn’t turn us into natural comedians.  As such we’d venture into this area very carefully.  

I practised recently by complaining about the quality of a Starbucks latte.

Why throw yourself in when you can put things off with a bit of research?  So we did some into the philosophy and future trajectory of campaigning. 

There’s a feeling that traditional protest (placards, crowds, bit of very minor violence) is dead in western countries.  (However, the students – archetypal digital natives, surely? - who protested on the streets of Westminster over the last month didn’t seem to think so.)  

Have a look at this blogpost, which advocates turning protest into an online game. 

John Robb says:

In most large traditional organizations, whether they be corporations or bureaucracies, decision making is dominated by a small number of very powerful people protected by a phalanx of senior specialists.  They are not democracies.  Yet, in modern western societies, this elite group and their specialists are able to dissociate themselves from jobs when it comes to their private lives.

It sounds like he’s advocating a traditional lobbying campaign, which has always been about person-to-person interaction, whether its focused on politicians or businessmen.  However, he takes it one step further….  

Frankly, I find his vision of harrasment and intimidation alarming, and I’m glad that the Campaign War Room, who highlighted the link in a recent post, thought so too.


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