Thursday, March 20, 2008
Five Years of Victory!
Some friends in Berkeley and I decided to do some big signs for the five year anniversary. Surprisingly, the only protesters on the bridge were there for a Free Tibet, but as it turned out our messages worked well together.
There were protests all around the Bay Area yesterday, though none too well attended compared to before the war. One reporter seemed impressed however by how media-savvy the protesters were, with handy press packets and convenient up-to-the-minute text-messaging capabilities.
I prefer freewayblogging to organized protests for a couple of reasons. One, you don't need thousands of people, which is a real time-saver in terms of organizing and logistics. Two, you don't have to rely on the media to reach a significant number of people, or have to depend on them to transmit your message faithfully: you can say whatever you want, unedited.
By eschewing the group dynamic, Freewayblogging celebrates the voice of the individual. This may be anachronistic in these days of mass media and organized protests, but there's something about driving around with a truck full of signs and putting them up wherever you want to that's just plain fun: I encourge you to try it sometime.
These signs went up yesterday in Berkeley and San Francisco on the 80, 280 and 101. They cost about two dollars and were seen by about 100,000 people.