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Thread #123871   Message #2731808
Posted By: Bill D
26-Sep-09 - 12:00 PM
Thread Name: This is no time to be silent...G20 in Pittsburgh
Subject: RE: This is no time to be silent...G20 in Pittsburgh
"How do you feel - what do you think about "globalization"?
What do you think about the anti-globalization protests?
What do you think about the response to the protests?
What do you think about the news media coverage of these forums and protests?"


Simple... I 'feel' that although many issues need to be addressed...(and in some cases, protested...) that the annual chaos and damage caused by these demonstrators goes FAR beyond the sane & reasonable.

The people in Pittsburgh are not responsible for the policies of the 'economic establishment', and they and other cities should not have to suffer.
"Globalization" is not something that can be turned on & off...it *IS*...and it needs some sort of coordination.

As to protests and the media... Riots & anarchy will get coverage by most media AS riots, and will influence very few minds as to issues. Mainstream media will almost never take time to delve into issues when there is video of broken windows & tear gas.

Those who wish to make a serious point should rent a hall and hold conferences simultaneously with the G-20 and invite serious speaker who agree with them and invite serious media coverage.

Those who attempt to disrupt proceeding with violence should then be more easily identified and contained.

(I can address other levels of this and compare it to other types of protest, but that is my basic attitude)