Forum Post: We don't see THE POWER WE HAVE IN OUR HANDS to transform the U.S.- Next month, we could be on our way to the society we dream of
Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 16, 2012, 10:13 a.m. EST by therising
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A POWERFUL AND TRANFORMATIVE COMBINATION (a different website for each action with general audience in mind could help us multiply the impact of non violent direct actions exponentially).
I'm aware it sounds like something we've heard a thousand times now, but for some reason the significance of this just kicked in: Someone just said on this forum that the "Internet is the enemy of the elite." That is no small thing. In fact, it may be the most important fact for us to wake up to right now.
I think we have a pretty good idea of the "destination" (a system prioritizing human needs over corporate needs) but we don't see a "road" or "path" to that destination. People like me sometimes lament that the 1% has us Americans under thorough spell with the mainstream media, full of twisted perspectives on events of the day and mind numbing consumerism and nihilism. But, to tell you the truth, it finally just really clicked for me that the Internet IS the road or path. If we realize that, it will be the checkmate to the 1%'s owned media force.
I don't think we've fully realized the power of this tool. We don't yet truly see that this road can take us to our destination. We as a people have been so mesmerized by the use of the Internet for entertainment, commerce, pleasure, etc. that we haven't fully comprehended that we hold the keys to our nation's jail cell in our own hands.
And here's the key for me: *In order for the true picture of of the power of the Internet for social/political/economic/environmental transformation to become realized, more and more people will need to seek out / discover the information about what's really going on and what's possible. Not to oversimplify it, but for some, merely coming in contact with the truth about things is personally transformational and motivating. But how will we get more than the choir / usual suspects to visit the kinds of Internet sites that will give them that dose of reality and motivation?
**I firmly believe the answer is nonviolent direct action.**
In addition to achieving the direct result of pushing the corporation, agency or political body to change their behavior by putting serious and alarming injustice out into the light, direct action also raises awareness across our neighborhood, town, state or nation depending somewhat upon the number of people in the crowd, the creativity of the action and the magnitude of the problem being exposed. And that attention attracts some people to search for information. And they eventually end up on sites that really give them the big picture and remove the gauze of materialism and fake news from their eyes
I believe, then, that we have completely underestimated our ability to awaken thousands of millions of people. Many of us have felt like that awareness has a limit. It does not. The only limit on our ability to awaken millions and millions of people is the extent to which we are willing to participate in direct action. Our signs and chants out their in the streets don't have to say everything. But our presence and the creativity of our action gets people to seek information and then they land on the sites that really blow them away. First they're intrigued by the direct action (always nonviolent) and then they get blown away by the details that are being revealed to them for the first time in a new context outside the mainstream media.
It is of course also true that the mainstream media mostly can't ignore the larger and more creative protests especially when they expose something exceedingly dramatic and verifiable. In those instances, we -- the millions who have stepped outside the lies of corporate media - may have the biggest opportunity to awaken thousands and millions....because our information is coming right out of the box that they're familiar with. Of course corporate owned media twists things, but you saw on the Brooklyn Bridge last fall that the worldwide media picked up the story and so did national media because it was so dramatic...the number of people involved who were willing to be arrested, the iconic venue and the peacefulness of the protest all combined to create a compelling and powerful spectacle that simply couldn't be ignored. In this way, at times, we can turn the mainstream media into a tool as well.
It might be helpful if more of our signs, banners and giant light shows at larger events had key websites on almost all of them in very large clear letters so the TV cameras would catch them now and then no matter how hard they try not to.
A banner hanging off a building or bridge that's iconic with a clever and compelling slogan and a website paired with a massive nonviolent protest below it with similar signs and banners could result in the ultimate of coups: the mainstream media advertising for alternative media. I know it sounds "simple" but if the mainstream news cameras actually catch the website address (which will happen now and then) they will literally be advertising for alternative media! How cool would that be :)?
I think it's important that the website displayed be one that's approachable for NON-activists. If this revolution is going to happen, it needs to motivate Americans of all ages, races, religions, income levels etc. .
I'm not saying to dumb down the message but I am suggesting it be written with the intended audience in mind. So, there would be a special website for the public for each action. There might also be a "hub" public website which contains short descriptions and links to each.
If the housewife in Peoria, the truck driver passing through Houston, the teacher in upstate New York and the factory worker in Los Angeles all get motivated by the site, then we've succeeded in this particular aspect.
The point is, we have the power in our hands to essentially change the channel. We have the tool (the web) and we have the means (direct nonviolent action) to direct major state, national and international attention to our information on the web.
This is powerful stuff that King and Gandhi would have relished. Once we wake up to the power of this combination of the web and nonviolent direct action, we can begin to spread MUCH MUCH further the knowledge about what's really going on and what's really possible.
That's another amazing combination right there: the dose of reality and the dose of vision. A clear vision of what's possible is one of the most motivating forces on the planet, especially when it is paired with the truth of the present situation and means to transform it.
As a wise person once said, *There's nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come."
The idea is here. And its time has come. And, best of all, we have the mechanism by which to set the wheels in motion. Let's do this.
For more info and good news on what's possible: please visit post called "CHANGING THE NARRATIVE: Another World is Possible" at this link: http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/a-message-to-all-the-well-meaning-democrats-and-re/