Man, if we’d had this at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, things would have been sooooo different.
With modern technology comes modern solutions to perennial protest problems. What to do when John Law puts His arm on you? Back in the day, you hung tough until somebody noticed you were missing. Now, there’s an app for that!
Here’s how it works: Users write a text message in advance and program a list of recipients. As they’re about to be arrested, users can hit one button and alert everyone on their list.
Now, as then, I’d ask, what kind of persuasion are you doing if your faction needs this app?
P.S. A YouTube treat!
Art copies life at 21 seconds into CTA’s first album. You remember CTA before they sold the bus and became Chicago. Man, that first album was some kinda good. The Whole World’s Listening, baby. The I’m A Man cover alone is worth the price. And, most relevant here, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Irony, baby. And irony is metaphor and metaphor is persuasion. It was both better and worse then.
What’s the Art (pop or otherwise) from OWS? Photoshop.
P.P.S. What’s the over/under for false alarms with this app? People are forever accidently making smartphones do dumb things. Imagine the SNL sketch.
P.P.P.S. February, 2013. The YouTube link to Prologue no longer works and I cannot find one to replace it. The song begins with a recording of the chant, “The Whole World’s Watching, The Whole World’s Watching” from the protesters in Grant Park before the police charged them (as depicted in the top photo. 1968 did happen, really. And the whole world was watching. But, alas, not today.