Scale

There’s something I’ve been thinking about with regard to the wave of protests that have been taking place across the country — and especially this week, in light of the DNC’s decision to stick with establishment party politics and turn its back on any real resistance to Donald Trump in 2018 and beyond.
 
In my day-to-day role, I think it’s incredibly important to observe and report on the dissent in this country right now. It’s the Other Big Story. And as a voter and an American, my hope is that the left grasps the concept of organizing before too long. I’m sensing pockets of this as we race toward May Day, and that’s heartening.
 
Jay Caspian Kang writes about the influence of social media and millennial thymos on the Standing Rock protests — two pillars that more often than not work *against* the concept of organizing, in my opinion.
 
I guess one question is: Is dissent scalable?
 
“What’s startling is that this process, which usually takes years, has already run its course. The speed of the reduction may have come, in large part, from how the greater public processes every Native American struggle through a filter of nostalgia, but it also seems to show just how quickly a movement can be co-opted in an era of replicating protest imagery. Every moment is now the property of anyone who can access it through their phone. Dissent can propagate quickly now, but it also means that every protest, however specific and physical in its conception, ultimately gets reduced down to a generic feeling. This is how a writer like Cobb can take Occupy, Standing Rock, and Black Lives Matter and stitch them all together into a prediction about the future of protest politics; it’s how phrases like #NoDAPL, Black Lives Matter, and ‘My body, my choice’ can be diluted down, so they mean the same thing. At that scale, all causes become interchangeable.”
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