The Revolution Will Be Televised
Just add theme music
first published November 13, 2007
and perhaps thank the youth movement for the development of the concept:
as they become experts in taking pepper spray to the face:
From The Stranger on November 12, 2007:
Protesters blockading military shipments from the Port bound for Ft. Lewis were pepper sprayed Sunday morning [November 11, 2007]. Three people were arrested. Twelve protesters were arrested on Saturday.
… The Olympian reports: The confrontations Sunday began after about 8:45 a.m., when protesters began marching back and forth across Franklin Street at the Market Street intersection.
As 18-wheelers towing cargo began rolling down Market Street about five minutes later, two protesters lay down in the road, creating a human blockade. Police officers sprayed both with pepper spray.
Videos like these seem like potent organizing tools, especially in the realms patrolled by facebook-savvy myspace friends. So I expect the learning curve to be greater than it was during the pre-internets dark ages that also had a youth movement develop to protest war.
I’m not sure what it means for the people starring in the YouTube videos, but I think it is important to point out that you can’t jail the internet.
update: From the Associated Press via The Raw Story on November 14, 2007:
Police arrested 43 people Tuesday night at the Port of Olympia in the state capital during the second week of demonstrations against the shipments, which arrived at the port after an Army Stryker brigade based at Fort Lewis returned from the war.
From The Stranger on November 14, 2007:
“What we’ve chosen to do is look at this as a community and decide we aren’t comfortable with the use of our port for an illegal war,” said T. J. Johnson, an Olympia City Council member who was part of the demonstrations.
“We’re not going to end the war from here in Olympia, but if as a community we can shut down a port, maybe other communities in the country can follow our example.”