Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Do Public Protests Matter?
This entry at Freakonomics considers whether public protests "matter," in the sense that they lead to changes in policies, social movements, or group solidarity. One thing the commenters agree upon is that public protests are rarely, if ever, immediately effective in any of these respects. This raises the obvious question whether, in an age of instant communication and immediacy expectations, public protests are destined to decline over time.