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  1. 1.1 million people showing up for marches across the country seems pretty effective to me. 🙂

    There are two tangential (but related) points that I think have bearing on this post:

    1. I do think that being immersed in a media world does tend to inure us to the shocking reality of what actually happens. It’s not a coincidence that Abu Ghairab photos were taken by soldiers with digital cameras and cell phone cameras, but that it ultimately did not evince the type of collective gasp in the US that I thought it would. We’re so used to visual images like this, it was just another day online, so to speak. These photos are not any worse than what a 13 year old would see in Doom or Quake in level one.

    Now recall the two images from the Vietnam War-one of the point blank execution of the man in the street and the little girl running down the street covered in Napalm. These images had gravity and significance–maybe it was the sign of different times, but I think that we were not so jaded.

    2. Relatedly, I think with the advent of social networking and on-line communications–the other danger of failing to erect (metaphorically) enough big tents. While I did see lots of immigrant rights protesters (and many immigrants themselves), where were the Asian immigrants, where were the African American church leaders, where were the gay rights advocates, where were the environmentalists?

    I’d argue (cynically somewhat) that the on-line medium allows us to concentrate on the issues and the communities that we have affinity for and ignore the other ones. Thus, if you cared about immigrant rights, you marched, but the message wasn’t made forcefully that this is about civil rights and civil rights is about all of us.

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