Effective Activism

My initial response to the third assignment is to do some research on various forms of activism and social responses to any given issue, then to establish which avenues of protest resonates with my own world view.

Of the 7 means of activism that I’ve looked into, five stand out as possibly the most effective.

1. Consumer boycotts – a means of raising awareness to grievances with a company by collectively agreeing not to purchase their product/s.

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Schaben, Allen. 600. 28 January 2013, Photograph, Los Angels Times, articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/28/business/la-fi-mo-chickfila-tax-forms-no-donations-to-antigay-marriage-groups-20130128.

 

2. Passive Resistance  – the refusal to obey the demands of a political or governing entity without resorting to violence.

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Brzenzinski, Bartosz. DSCF1926. 20 May 2012, Photograph, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/bartosz/7245658490/in/album-72157629825444650/

 

3. Grassroots – the ordinary man or social organisation gathering support via the direct dissemination of ideas, forming a collective concern and movement.

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Binge. Solidarity. 30 June 1917, Drawing, hollandreno.org/2008/04/sound-and-fury-diy-hardcore-punk-radical-politics-and-grassroots-activism-51/

 

4. Demonstration – forms of demonstration include online social protests, walking protests, sit ins, street art, work/ hunger strikes… etc.

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Kitwood, Dan. 21 January 2017, Photograph, Getty Images, http://people.com/politics/womens-march-around-world-photos-protests/london-womens-march-b.

 

Arguably one of the most influential forms of protest (not listed above), the use of music and song.  It is the inescapable force conveying both message and emotion generating/ reinforce the writer’s perspective within the social mass.  (Ruehl) The most remarkable thing about protest music is that it helps people realize they’re not alone in feeling a spirit of dissent against certain injustices, whether on a personal or more overarching governmental level.

The second most effective form of activism is Demonstration in the form of Street Art.  I feel that, like music, street art is instantly accessible and mostly engaged with by the masses.  It is emotive, bold and forces the viewer to respond to varying degrees.

 


Works Cited

 

Binge. Solidarity. 30 June 1917, Drawing, hollandreno.org/2008/04/sound-and-fury-diy-

hardcore-punk-radical-politics-and-grassroots-activism-51/

 

Brzenzinski, Bartosz. DSCF1926. 20 May 2012, Photograph,

Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/bartosz/7245658490/in/album-72157629825444650/

 

Kitwood, Dan. 21 January 2017, Photograph, Getty Images,

http://people.com/politics/womens-march-around-world-photos-protests/london-

womens-march-b.

 

Ruehl, Kim. “All About Protest Music”. “ThoughtCo, Updated April 02, 2017,

thoughtco.com/all-about-protest-music-1322475

 

Schaben, Allen. 600. 28 January 2013, Photograph, Los Angels Times,

articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/28/business/la-fi-mo-chickfila-tax-forms-no-donations-to-

antigay-marriage-groups-20130128.

 

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