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Commentary :: DNC : Media
The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
03 Aug 2004
Every night last week I would come home and watch my comrades (and sometimes myself) march through the streets of Boston, rally across the city, or hold a bazaar on Boston Common. Even when the media did use one of the many interviews they filmed, I still wasn’t satisfied. When protesters were shown, they were not portrayed as intelligent, but rather as insane for wanting to protest the Democrats. Violence seems to be the only story most reporters are looking for. Besides the standpoint that protesters are crazy, there is an inability to capture the emotions of the people. The vigor with which the makeshift drums are beaten is not apparent to the television viewer. The gigantic sense of unity with complete strangers is not done justice on the airwaves. You cannot tell how serious and desperate we are from a video of us chanting. More importantly, none of the reasons we do any of these things is examined, but rather the editing and censoring discredit the fact that we do them.
Every night last week I would come home and watch my comrades (and sometimes myself) march through the streets of Boston, rally across the city, or hold a bazaar on Boston Common. Even when the media did use one of the many interviews they filmed, I still wasn’t satisfied. After being warned by the government that “terrorists” may attack their vans, the media seemed to be even farther on the enemy’s side than usual. I watched reporters tell of how one protester was thought to have been holding a Molotov cocktail, and though these reporters were there on Thursday during the Pirate Bloc of around 100 pirates, nobody mentioned that the “accelerant” was supposed to be a pirate hook. The reporting made it seem as if the protester carried the hook to try and look like a Molotov, though it was quite obvious that he was marching with the pirates. I also didn’t see any footage of protesters explaining what happened during the chaos Thursday, though I saw some get interviewed (meaning that though some reporters try to get a fair story, it isn’t up to them whether or not the footage is used, and more often then not, anything that casts dissenters in a positive light is scrapped).
The media dominating the edges around the effigy.
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The Media and Emotions

I came home and listened to outsiders tell me how we had spent our day. I remember one major station reported that the police were very restrained during the Really, Really Democratic Bazaar on Tuesday, though I was more fed up with Boston Police that day then I ever have been in my years of activism here. The police consistently rode threw our crowd on horseback, in cars, and especially on bikes for the soul reason of demonstrating their power and implanting fear in the participants. This was made quite obvious by the ride-throughs about once every two minutes at sometimes, and a few times crossing the grass, proving that they weren’t “just passing through.” There were two helicopters constantly overhead, drowning out our music and speeches. Also, all the coverage of the bazaar simply said that there was a bazaar, how many people were there, and that many of the people were anarchists. I didn’t see any reports mentioning why we were having a bazaar or anything about the tables or activities from there, from juggling to free food, from art to a car running on vegetable oil (I did read some good coverage of the bazaar, most notably in the Boston Globe by Jenna Russell).
When protesters were shown, they were not portrayed as intelligent, but rather as insane for wanting to protest the Democrats. The question I was asked the most by reporters wasn’t “Why are you here?” but rather “Are you going to vote for Kerry?” or “Do you think the protests are going to be wild and raucous?” Unfortunately, violence seems to be the only story most reporters are looking for. Rather than showing 30 kids walking around singing “twinkle, twinkle little star” with a police escort (which would cast us in an intelligent, witty light), the media chooses only to show us when we burn an effigy or when they pause to mention that many of us are anarchists. And the only reason we get airtime at all is that they haven’t found enough “celebrity sightings” to cover. Extensive coverage and dialogue was dedicated to all the speeches given at the Democratic National Convention, unless, of course, they were coming from outside the Fleet Center. The media perpetuates the idea that only politicians can change politics and the only way to have change is through the system.
Besides the standpoint that protesters are crazy, there is an inability to capture the emotions of the people. The vigor with which the makeshift drums are beaten is not apparent to the television viewer. The gigantic sense of unity with complete strangers is not done justice on the airwaves. You cannot tell how serious and desperate we are from a video of us chanting. The ability to hold hands with someone you have never met (who lives across the country) while you play Ring Around the Rosy as street theater is not evident in the media. More importantly, none of the reasons we do any of these things is examined, but rather the editing and censoring discredit the fact that we do them.
This is why we need to be the media.
The media is state run:
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The Media and Emotions

This is why IndyMedia is so important. It allows people like me to express how we feel in full. There isn’t a cutoff so that my article can fit in the newspaper: there isn’t a restriction on who can contribute. We all can, because IndyMedia is us. On the other hand, reading IndyMedia and visiting this site is not enough. Even here it cannot be conveyed all the emotions and feelings of actually being there. Get yourself involved; there is no other way to truly experience things!
We are lovers:
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Re: The Media and Emotions
03 Aug 2004
Doesn't those pictures look like Iraq? Since when did the United States have to tolerate police with machine guns? Only the Bush Administration would okay this nonsense. And folks, this is NONSENSE!
Bush should be Impeached for his lying. And his whole cabinet jailed for their continious lying.
If the clown wins again? Kiss our freedom goodbye!
Re: The Media and Emotions
03 Aug 2004
Those are rubber bullet guns.

(Not that they can't cause serious, lasting damage. Can you say "street laryngectomy"?)

And, um...

Cops usually carry guns.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
03 Aug 2004
Note that the Police officers badge number is the number in white letters on thier helmet.

Those officers withut lettering on the helmet are federal agents.

The presence of a Nextel phone on the dominant/right side, and pager on the left indicates the agent is either Secret Service or FBI.


A leg mounted gas mask bag on the same side as the Nextel phone confirms that it is Secret Service/DHS is if the strap that runs between the belt and gas mask bag has a black fastex/quick release buckle on the strap about two inches above the bag.

The thin leather belt is also a dead give-away that someone is a DHS/Secret Service agent.
Re: The Media and Emotions
03 Aug 2004
Turn Off Your TV! Simple as that. It will certainly stop you from getting dis-heartened every day! We all know full well it's crap and the only thing to do is to snuff it. Your life will be so much better.

And there's more... Once folk start hearing that you've turned it off, they might get the bug too, and turn their's off.. And before you know you'll have a whole large number of people thinking for themselves instead of being spoon fed shite every day.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
03 Aug 2004
The revolution will not be televised, my friend.

But thanks for taking the time to write this up.
-Nia
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
04 Aug 2004
Hats off to the Boston anarchists for doing such a good job organizing for the DNC protests. We put some heat on the DNC when the left was giving the Corporate Democrats a free pass. It's also good to see that the numbers of anarchists keeps growing and growing.

Some person above made a comment about the police machine guns being purchased by the Bush regime. I don't know the details of where the Boston police got their weapons, but most local police were militarized during the Clinton regime. Before you go spouting off about Bush, bear in mind that Clinton was responsible for the robocops you see at protests.

We're organizing out here in Kansas!
Republicrats
04 Aug 2004
Thank you Chuck, I was going to mention that. Also, dear democrats, please note that this militarized police force and MP presence was for the DEMOCRATIC National Convention in what is considered the most liberal state with a Democrat for a mayor...hmm. Unfortunately, while Kris is right that Bush is terrible and should be impeached, the problems that arise with the DNC are not related to Bush, but rather the system. The Democrats are promoting this type of security (read Chuck's comment) and their voting population isn't forcing them to do otherwise. Also to respond to some of the other comments, I was watching TV because -yes I'm somewhat self-centered too- I was interviewed by the corporate media many times this week and was trying to tape it for myself and family. I make a habit of not watching TV as Sean suggests, and a suggest you all should do the same.
Americans are a nation of con-artist
04 Aug 2004
Modified: 05:17:22 AM
Our comparison with this system to propaganda is a false dichotomy. Propaganda is for amateur.
Americans don’t feel like they’re professionals (Winners) unless they have a shit-eating-grin on their face selling something, like I love New York, (One very small example for the chronically naïve, New York has at least 20,000 people living under New York, literally in the sewer.)Having a demonstration protesting the Republican Party or the democratic Party in New York is like protesting the Devil in Hell.
The best post so far: 'China Does Better Job of Showing DNC Protests.'
http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display/25504/index.php

If you’re going to New York City remember don’t bring any flowers in your hair.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
04 Aug 2004
Congratulations Folks. Youre doing great job for Democrats, cause now nobody will mistake them for extreme left :-))) Hope you will vote for them anyway, cause Bush must not get second chance. Besides, protesting against them when they will be an establishment, will be less pointless.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
04 Aug 2004
The gun you see in that picture is not a machine gun, it does shoot OC spray cannisters however.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
04 Aug 2004
Bush and his gang should be tried for sedition, for having used the threat of terror as a ploy for subverting the Constitution. Nonetheless, it's true that this police-state mentality predates Bush. Under Clinton's watch, armored personnel carriers were sent into the streets of Seattle to put down the anti-WTO protests, which should have been protected by the First Amendment. Madison, Jefferson, and Oliver Wendell Holmes must be turning over in their graves right now.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
04 Aug 2004
This is a response to a now hidden post complaining about "censorship" on this website. If you go to our Info section, you'll see we have an editorial policy there. It describes what causes we will hide posts for. The reason your first post was hidden was because, to be blunt, it was clearly bigotted, which violates the IMC points of unity; the second because it was promoting a right-wing website, which is counter to our mission. This is hardly hypocritical of us. We're a progressive website. There's no reason for us to leave up content that is antithetical to that (like your bigotted comments). Pretty near every website in the world controls what content appears on it. We're a good deal more open than most, but that doesn't mean we're open to anything. In any case, anything we hide is still available by going to the hidden articles page. This does not constitute censorship--you're perfectly free to express yourself on your own website or on a website where people have similar views to yours. If we tried shutting that website down, you could charge censhorship. You're just grumbling because we're upholding our principles.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
05 Aug 2004
People, the party is over, the booze is all gone, and the TV people have gone home. Give it a rest.
Move on
05 Aug 2004
Yeah, but the election not over.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
07 Aug 2004
"the media chooses only to show us when we burn an effigy"

I usterstand you critique but one must ask: What did you expect to happen? When you guys decided to do that you must have known that was going to make the news. Besides wasn't there a point behind doing that action? Did u not set fire to the effigy because that was boldest way to make the partcular statement. If the Bush/Kerry were simply crumbled or defaced with spraypaint it would have never made any news.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
09 Aug 2004
Of course I knew the media would cover the burning effigy and I don't have a problem with that (except when I see it misreported and only says it was a Bush (or only a Kerry) effigy. My problem is that the effigy and arrests are the only type of things the media wants to show, rather than show us in a positive light or get our actual thoughts on record (most coverage of marches that I saw were too far away to even read the signs).
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
11 Aug 2004
I'm sure that your brazen activities at the DNC, whether the media favorably covered them or not, will serve to thoroughly annoy your family come Thanksgiving dinner. I think that by this point you have shown your corporate executive fathers (or maybe he's a lawyer--or a doctor perhaps?) that he's not the boss of you anymore. So given that this is probably so, give it a rest and go home. All you do is obstruct the activities of normal people who want to get on with their lives. Your shallow harping about the evil system betrays your mindless, sheepish immaturity. All this lefty rhetoric might make sense at Smith College, but it isn't worth a damn once you realize that some people actually have to work for a living, and might wish that their fathers had given them a Land Rover. Give it up. You don't know how stupid and childish you look.
Protests?
11 Aug 2004
Protests? There were protests? All I saw was a bunch of kids on summer break from high school and college along with a few left over hippies making some noise. I had no idea exactly what they were protesting against. Come to think of it, I'm not sure that THEY had any idea what they were protesting against. They were vastly outnumbered by media, police, and the military. The pirates on Canal Street were pretty funny though.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
12 Aug 2004
What makes Iron Chancellor and Bostonian think that we don't know what we are talking about and are so pampered? I can't speak for everyone but most the people I met at the DNC were quite poor and would dig through dumpsters, swim for coins that were tossed in fountains, and take abandoned food off tables. I mostly ate at Food Not Bombs (free food) all week). And I surely don't have a car, especially one from my parents (I bike and take public transportation). To address the arguement that we don't know what we are talking about, I ask you, how do you know? So you read our signs and maybe read some editorials? Why don't you talk to the people you see in the streets to see if they know their shit rather than let the news ask for you. I was one of those Pirates by the way.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
12 Aug 2004
Well if you were one of the pirates then Kudos to you. You at least gave me a good chuckle. The reason that I wouldn't want to talk to most of the protesters is just what you cited. They are people who dig through dumpsters. They smell, are unclean, and are quite offensive...especially, the ex-hippies.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
16 Aug 2004
get the trolls out of boston!
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
24 Aug 2004
Can you please delete my post? Thanks.
Re: The Media and Emotions: A Critique of Mainstream Media Coverage of the Anti-DNC Protests
25 Aug 2004
Dear Eric,

You said:

but rather the editing and censoring discredit the fact that we do them.
but rather the editing and censoring discredit the fact that we do them.
but rather the editing and censoring discredit the fact that we do them.
but rather the editing and censoring discredit the fact that we do them.

READ YOUR OWN SENTENCE! Know yourself!