I am planning on taking part in Flood the Zone Friday, an activity which I recommend for you as well. However, before you put metaphorical pen to paper, read what Lisa English has to say about activism and and sabotage.
I'm trying to wrap my head around the "purpose" that's been articulated in this instance. Bottom line: I sure as hell wish that the same energy put into "sabotage" - would be channeled pro actively into any number of virtual Liberal crusades that are going on right now. Crusades, mind you...that many bloggers are missing out on because it is certainly a sexier write, and a sexier read, to focus on the poli-virtual tit for partisan tat. Crusades like swamping our legislators with faxes for an end to Ashcroftian Justice in Patriot I and the latest version 2.0. - both of which are currently being promoted on the Attorney General's "Victory Tour." Or how about organized cries of outrage for a threatened presidential veto of rolled back media rules?
There are many others - campaigns that could use the assistance of those who have readerships whose attention they've already captured.
I believe that the Internet is a gift to the process of activism. I think we should use this gift wisely. With men like John Ashcroft pursuing an agenda of legal intolerance, we might one day waken to the sweeping crush of online dissent. I think it behooves us to right now, this very moment, take advantage of the medium...loudly, forcefully and frequently. I think we need to get our side accustomed to seeing solutions instead of road blocks. Granted, these are mighty troubling political times, but we need to believe that change can be virtually and legitimately effected: the media concentration issue proved that we've the power to move mountains - and funny damn thing...we didn't require sabotage, just a dedicated and coordinated drive to do the correct thing.
By the way, if this exercise does feel like "sabotage" to you, then consider merely using the GeorgeWBush page for inspiration and media contact addresses, and send your missives via your own email account. Or what the heck, why not get medieval and print something out to send via the snail mail system. I think my mother-in-law still has an IBM Selectric I can borrow, maybe even some carbon paper, too. I mean hey, the 21st Century hasn't been all it's been cracked up to be so far, right?
Anyway, I don't think speed is critical here, so get your message out by whatever means are suitable to you. The message is more important than the medium.Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 21, 2003 to The making of the President | TrackBack