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the protest to end all protests

I'm thinking now about what would make an effective protest rally, and it really comes down to what effect you're looking for.

Me? I'd like people to think twice before staging one of these. They have to mean it, or the thing becomes pointless. So, here's what I propose:

Pick a date. We'll stand on either side of a busy street and hold up signs:
  • EYES ON THE ROAD, RUBBERNECK

  • YOU CAUSE TRAFFIC JAMS

  • LIFE'S TOO SHORT FOR THIS

  • WHO CARES WHAT WE'RE PROTESTING?

  • HONK IF YOU'RE IMPOTENT
Anyway, those are just off the top of my head - you'll probably think of better ones and make me look bad.

We'll have to dress in camoflage, of course, and shout catchy sayings until our voices give out.

I'm open to suggestion on those, too - all I came up with is "Traffic, flow. Roll up the window!"
(repeat it for a while; it'll grow on you)

So, yeah..

Who's with me?

Comments

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akatalin
Jan. 29th, 2003 11:11 pm (UTC)
that sounds fun actuly ... could there be a tambourine too?
I kind of like "WHO CARES WHAT WE'RE PROTESTING?" maybe have some people wearing fake fur with red Xs on them . and Maybe some spam about.
self
Jan. 30th, 2003 12:51 am (UTC)
don't mind me - I'm excessively bitter today
The SPAM's halfway appropriate, in that this is an unsolicited message for strangers. But no one will get that. And if they did, further reflection would show that it actually detracts from the message (which is about raising the bar, really).

I may have been unclear.. "Who cares what we're protesting?" means "Shame on you for reading this. Don't you have somewhere to be?" - it's angry and aggressive, not casual and flippant. Though the words are dripping with irony, they're not delivered lightly. This is a serious protest, or should at least be treated as one if it's to succeed.

What else?

PETA has a legitimate gripe against the fur industry, and they take their work very seriously. I applaud this, though I may not directly support them. This shouldn't be about ridiculing people who genuinely believe in their cause - it's meant to clear the way for them by shaming the amateurs.

I'm probably okay with the tamborine, though.
akatalin
Jan. 30th, 2003 01:04 am (UTC)
smile they tapped in to your computer
na it's fine , I understood the sign purpose about not looking at the road. I'm really happy the tamborine is fine it mainly what I was gonna say but my cous came in and talked to me about something about her chest in the middle being piercing through me for a loop . So I'm sorry I was abit over and unapproite and horrid spelling ...
I hope your next day is better for you.
lizzvoltage
Jan. 31st, 2003 06:31 am (UTC)
as i say terribly often to you for lack of words: the sentiment is there; i'm just not articulate
"<3"
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