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Forum Post: The Medium is the Movement

Posted 3 months ago on Aug. 4, 2014, 4:36 p.m. EST by aetheries (2) from Grand Rapids, MI
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|| The community here at OccupyWallSt.org felt like a space of resonance regarding the topic, so I just wanted to share a proposal I wrote in April 2013 and revised a little that October. It's a reflection on how the role of social media can be innovated in "popular defense" or "revolutionary resistance" and is meant to stimulate imagined tactical-possibilities more than anything. I assumed it wouldn't hurt to share here if anybody ever felt like bouncing their own related ideas off it:

|| It's titled "Medium as Movement: Cultivating the Role of Social Media in Civil Protest" and a direct link in the absence of any way to attach a PDF file follows here:

https://growveinitiative.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/mediumasmovement1.pdf

|| Aim:

Highlighting the role social media technologies have played in contemporary protest movements, this piece offers a proposal on where the role can be cultivated from here. With an eye toward how the "Arab Spring" and "Occupy" protests have unfolded, I paint a narrative of social media's successes/shortcomings in enabling these protest movements to promote democratic practice and effective social change. By keeping these measures of democratic practice and effective social change in mind, my proposal emerges as one pushing for the communal use/broadcast of live streaming and Voice over IP in, and across, physical spaces of protest.

More than simply participating in the broadcast of these technologies from our computers or phones, this available tactic suggests we make visible to the rest of our community the active protests of other communities by "broadcast demonstrations" from large screens held in spaces such as downtown parks and recreation areas. The hope is for maximized attention of bystanders, cross-local coordination between communities, and visible, mutual accountability between police authorities and protestors in action.

|| Unfiltered criticism and responses are far more than encouraged.

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[-] 4 points by turbocharger (1771) 3 months ago

Light Brigade has been really cool, because its placed in high traffic areas with direct and impossible to ignore messaging.

Perhaps shooting the livestream onto the sides of bridges, where everyone would see it (especially if slowed in rush hour) could be cool. A message above it that read LIVE and then a website address could really help to get more engaged or at least curious.

[-] 2 points by aetheries (2) from Grand Rapids, MI 3 months ago

I've never heard about the Light Brigade tactic before, but it sounds pretty effective in making protest activity more visible to the general public after exploring it. I'd be curious to know what legal obstacles different collaborators who tried this out in different spaces throughout the country or globe experienced when doing so.

I'd also be curious to know, as you are, whether anyone has ever put a livestream (or VoIP feed) onto a large banner/building side in the kinds of contexts this discussion is framed in.

[-] 3 points by turbocharger (1771) 3 months ago

I like that idea, leveraging the power of tech to gain more exposure. Has anyone ever put a livestream onto a large banner/building side? I love live streaming, not sure on the comments section, I have had mixed feeling on that.

[-] -2 points by shooz (-6) from Detroit, MI 3 months ago

What's your story? Your intellect rises above the crowd here. You're not American are you?

[-] 1 points by turbocharger (1771) 3 months ago

lol catch me at 2am on a Saturday night, intellect I am not...

[-] 0 points by shooz (-6) from Detroit, MI 3 months ago

I'll leave your animalistic 2am Saturday night self to some lucky girl in South Pasadena. I'm not gay. I catch beautiful babes, not big fat party animals.

[-] -2 points by shooz (-6) from Detroit, MI 3 months ago

Mech Avatar Protesters: These robot shells that can be controlled from the comfort of your home's favorite couch.