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yup, i find western protests too silly to be taken seriously, media posturing mostly.

it trivialises what the protest is about, makes a cartoon of it.

...which helps in my mind to explain their relative uselessness, though they're better than pure passivity.

it really undermined the 60's movements, clownishness just doesn't cut it when lives are on the line, though it does bring a smile...

protests are about convincing the least likely to protest to join in, they don't have to be bland, but too much party vibe looks immature and turns many off.

more zen in numbers than attention-getting show-offery.

theatricality is not the problem per se, it's that it makes it too easy for the media to deliberately miss the point and turn it into who made the biggest paper mache float instead.

the real thing doesn't need adornment, save the party for when you've won.

course, we haven't been ruled by dictatorships for 30 years, but what with the banks and money games, the outcome is identical.

same old... it's so nice to hear al jazeera exulting at something, usually tuning in to them has been such a depressing litany of injustices. they're on fire tonight.

god bless the web, between youtube, FB, wikileaks, and al J, the truth is refusing to be paved over by brutality any more.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Feb 11th, 2011 at 02:37:23 PM EST
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i must add the french are an inspiring counter-example to the above!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Feb 11th, 2011 at 05:58:32 PM EST
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