After watching last night’s screenings on Ricardo Dominguez, the Zapatista Movement, and the Yes Men, and talking about “Flood Net”, I began to contemplate the differences between in person and online protesting.
Something I thought about a lot was how the message or goal of in person protests is often muddled by characterizations that media makes. With footage of the protests or movements and actual faces to put characterizations on, it is easy for the media to demonize a movement or devalue it. One clear example of this is the media’s unfair representation of the Black Lives Matter movement. Instead of focusing on the goal of the movement, many people attack it and this can be directly linked to how the media portrays BLM.
Alternatively, online media protests are more or less anonymous (for example the Zapatista/Flood Net one). With online media protests, could we get a movements message out there more efficiently? By this I mean, if the media is unable to put faces to a movement or showcase footage of a protest, wouldn’t we just have to focus on the movement’s message? The internet provides a platform for being anonymous, it is almost a universal tool, so why not use to protest in a way that empowers a movement? Maybe online protesting could be an answer to the misrepresentation of social movements?
On another hand, could this also be someone harmful? Do we need to be able to see who if affected by events, in other words, is it important that we aren’t anonymous as advocated?
I’m wondering what you guys think…in terms of taking protests online vs in person…what are the “pros” and “cons” of each?