Re: Fwd: WTO the rampage!

Tom Whore (
Tue, 30 Nov 1999 17:11:18 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 30 Nov 1999, Cynthia Dale wrote:

--]I dunno. I think it's a pretty stupid protest myself, but it gives me a
--]warm fuzzy feeling to know that someone is doing -something- other than
--]either being apathetic or raging from behind a computer screen.

Id rather they sit at home and bake themselves with hashbrownies than
cheapen the spirit of protests with this sort of thing.

There have been some great and amazing protests in this country, the early
days of the Garment Workers, some of the vietnam war protests, the
marches led by King and other early civil rights leaders.

What we have in seatle , that section of the protest grabbing the media,
is the worst form of protest possible. It makes the points being protsted
to in ernest harder to be fought for by people and gives the oppositon the
easy out of pointing to the mob as if to say "well our with antagonists
like this do you think we could be much worse?"

Every one looses.

Listening tot he police scanner should bring this point home to anyone
rather fast.

Also, lest i let the point be lost, there are a grat many ways Yelling
Behind A Computer Screen can change the course of events 100% more
effective than a mediawhoring ego protest. Look at the fight against MS as
a prime example,the folks who set out to walk and talk away from what they
se as consumeristic rape, the people who pettioned agasint the CDA in the
early 90's, the masses of voices that deabtes and converse with each other
over issues every day.

The computer is a tool that can either be used well or used badly. The
quaility of result is not so much in the computer as in its user.

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