Re: What do you think of The Occupy the Super Bowl initiative?
posted at 1/31/2012 2:55 PM EST
In Response to Re: What do you think of The Occupy the Super Bowl initiative?
[QUOTE]have you stopped by a camp Chris? Yeah, some fulfill that stereotype, but many don't. Funny enough, we stopped by the camp in Philly when we were there for the Pats game in November. Interesting day for them - they had been there for 58 days, and just gotten word that the cops were moving them out that night...
Posted by fatsam72[/QUOTE]
I participated in the March 2003 Chicago demonstration against invading Iraq. The whole event was treated like a joke - clown costumes, poor speakers with whimpy voices, various people and groups of people vying vainly for attention in a way not related to the seriousness of the impending situation. Totally mismanaged and disheartening.
Flash forward to another such demonstration on the 1-year-anniversary, in Yorkville, IL, that was moved to another location on the last day, without emailing or calling registered, intended attendees like me. There's 90 minutes of driving, down the drain after leaving work early. YAYYYYY!
Flash forward to the R.I. Teachers Union demonstration at the state house last winter. Iced walkways were never shoveled, so loads of people slipped and fell hard. Weak-voiced, meandering speakers, one after another. Ridiculously poor implementation of a bullhorn (with a failing battery) as a PA system. Very, very painfully disorganized.
Flash forward to this New Year's Eve in Providence, when a volunteer marching band and group of jubilant revelers were drowned out at midnight by a minority group of Providence Occupiers banging pots and screaming slogans. What a drag. Walked through their camp. Pig sty.
Trust me, the people at each one of these events were cut from the same cloth. I am very agreeable to their grievances, but thoroughly frustrated by their comically inept tactics, vain motives and frenetic nature. I have fantasized about joining up, so as to be a public speaker on behalf of them (one of my strengths), every time I witnessed a succession of their leaders mauling the science of public speaking. But I have had so many bad experiences with the cliche' members that I just can't be moved to do it.
Oh, yeah, I forget to mention aligning with them in Aurora, IL, circa 2006/2007, to protest vs. the owners of a dangerously dilapidated defunct hospital. Every solid idea I had would be watered-down and tinkered to ineffective compromise for the sake of vanity-over-practicality. For example I am a sign designer, have designed many logos, and came up with a good slogan and a logo for a poster to be distributed throughout the neighborhood. Everybody said they loved it, that it was brilliant. But some micro-manager made me spend all day reformatting it for a print shop of which he knew that did not use the platform I used to create the design, even though I offered to print 500 copies for free on my own color laser printer, instead pushing me to rush it into production in a different format (while I should have been working), only to turn around and re-design it without telling me, thusly ruining the design and wasting about seven hours of my work. You know how it goes: It takes one creative mind to invent a good idea that will work, and one committee of lesser minds to put their own personal tweaks on it, to the detriment of effectiveness, for the sake of claiming, "It was my idea, too!"
Is that enough experience for you?
Again, sympathize with the inspiration. Hate the execution.