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What is the role of public attention in determining the impact and outcome of resistance movements?

Bacha states in her talk that, "violent resistance and nonviolent resistance share one very important thing in common; they are both a form of theater seeking an audience to their cause."


What is the role of public attention in determining the impact and outcome of resistance movements?

Or, how does one gauge the impact of attention? How does increasing attention become or impact action and change? By offering your attention, are you in fact acting?

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    Oct 27 2012: Attention would be a prerequisite in a movement that needs people to join in to increase the ranks.

    So, in the language of logic, attention may be a necessary condition but is not a sufficient condition. That is, the movement may need attention, but attention alone will not guarantee success.
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    Lejan .

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    Oct 26 2012: One may wonder if this picture was a representative average - and those who camped in the snow certainly wasn't - but it was a good example, that distorted attention and a lack of support of the majority of the people, will not make any change in a given system.

    I think many resistance movements started out in a nonviolent way and turned violent out of desperation due to the lack of support by a mojority. Whether because there just was no majority, or it could not be motivated to join, actually doesn't matter. Once it turns violent it becomes almost impossible to convince undecided minds and just attracts already violent people.

    I think as long as the majority of people is not 'suffering' enough to take actions, resistance movements stay a footnote in our daily news...

    Vive la résistance!

    People, unite!

    Wir sind das Volk!

    ;o)
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    Oct 27 2012: It is easier for a good cause to attract a large following. So, a resistance movement is as good as the cause it is fighting.
    One importance of public attention is the awareness it brings about the cause, its purpose, aims and hopes. In most cases change is not immediate; like the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa whose battle against the government took years before fruitfulness became evident. So sometimes perseverance and persistence are important; because increasing awareness about a just cause is progress.
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    Oct 26 2012: If I am about to drown yet managed to catch your attention while doing so, what would finally help me?

    Having your attention - even unshared - is not exactly enough to prevent me from counting fishes ... :o)

    But if I ask you to join me on the barricades, I ask for more than your swimming skills and brotherly (sisterly?) love. Much more!

    The intersting thing with 'the power of the people' is, that it only works with a majority of people and, beforehand, that those people actually remember what power they have.

    It always makes me smile, sarcastically, to read that a majority of my fellow-citizens want one thing, and my government is doing another. And this then is called democracy - which then becomes contradictory by itself.

    So if I ask you out on the barricades, I am not asking for your help, I ask you to join me. Which is different!

    It is on me to make clear to you why you should join me, and to make you understand why this would also be in your interest to do so. If I fail to get your attention and to get my message across, I stay alone. If I get your attention, but you do not agree on my message - I stay alone too.

    Any resistance movement therefore has to have a message which is beneficial to most of the people, and it has to get to the peoples attention.

    In our modern world, even though we have all the tools of communication, we also have a flooding of information and manipulation of those, so that it becomes quite difficult to actually get unshared attention and a message across, which may has more words and meaning than an average commercial...

    To me it was interesting to see, that many people in Germany sympathized with OWS, but just a view actually joined the movement.

    One of the reasons was, that the media managed to frame the OWS protestants not to appear to be 'normal people'.

    Almost all of those who were shown pretty much looked like the so called 'usual suspects'. Left wing intellectuals, hippie like alternatives but no 'middle class'