posted on Aug, 29 2004 @ 10:33 PM
Personally, I think that demonstrations and "street theater" are passe.
I think their heyday probably stretched from the 1870's to the 1970's. Women's suffrage helped introduce the idea of mass demonstrations.
Certainly fascist and communist movements jumped on the bandwagon during the interwar period.
Gandhi was able to wake up the British Empire with street theatre, and it still had impact until the 70's. I think that for US audiences, they
became so common that they lost their impact, sort of like TV commericials that you see so many times that they fail to even register. You know the
jingle but you're not sure what the product is.
Don't get me wrong, I was involved in a lot of demonstrations, up through the early 90's. But the fire had gone out of it by the late 80's. The
tone of leadership at these events is pretty obviously nostalgic for the 1960's and the whole hippie movement. But those days are past.
Frankly, I think gay pride parades probably wore out middle America's patience. They helped the "left coast" earn a label as a crazed Babylon that
has nothing to do with the rest of the real world. Personally, I think that the progress of the gay-rights issue has probably been slowed down by
its associations with New York and California in the popular imagination.
I think that the Farakhan's million-man march was a seminal event in the black public's imagination, but was ignored by nonblacks as a
If I were looking to advance a political agenda, I wouldn't host a demonstration, I'd make a movie about it, or set up a mutual fund that invested
in corporations friendly to my movement.