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.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did you hang out at the bridge with your sign?

Anonymous said...

When will you endorse a candidate? Will it be the Negro or Clinton? Or perhaps Nader? Why won't you take a stand on that?

Freewayblogger said...

1) No. I had other signs to hang. It's a math-thing, you wouldn't understand.

2)As I'm sure you know, the Freewayblogger Presidential Endorsement is one of the most vital deciding factors of this campaign, (at least around your apartment) and as such will not be announced until a time when my advisors and I deem it appropriate.

I know it's difficult for you being left in the dark on so many things about me, but try to take heart that eventually it'll all be explained by my biographers.

thailandchani said...

This is great! Bring some signs to Sacramento, too! These people need a waking-up :)

Amani said...

Thank you for proving that citizen action still matters. While I detest the war, and am SICK of our current administration, the issue that keeps me up at night is the genocide in Darfur.

This project has inspired me, and I will be going out to buy my projector this afternoon. Once I've completed my first action, I'll send you some pictures, and a link to my blog.

Anonymous said...

No, it's a pussy thing. You hate confrontation. You like hiding behind your computer. Cute.

Anonymous said...

Why did you lie about your previous employment? You said you were in sales and marketing, but you were actually a writer. Care to explain?

Freewayblogger said...

Gee, that IS a poser... right up there with "How could Al Gore be Vice President if he was a senator?"

this world must really be a mysterious place for you.

Anonymous said...

Liar liar pants on fire!

Freewayblogger said...

Which part of my resume don't you believe? The part about spending years in the sales and marketing of cluster munitions and landmines or the part about being a Rhodesian Ranch Guard?