Monday, February 08, 2010

Smartmobbing Vancouver 2010

The Vancouver Sun had an article on how anti-Olympic activists are using the Internet to organize massive protests by putting the city in gridlock, called "Heart Attack: Street March to Clog the Arteries of Capitalism."  The march is to assemble at Thornton Park on the morning of 13 February, the first full day of the games, with the intention of disrupting "business-as-usual."

There are Fight Clubbean instructions on what to bring::

What should we bring?  
  • A Nalgene or bottle of water
  • Sharpies
  • Band aids
  • Money to take a cab
It will be interesting to see how this plays out with the use of social media and texting as communications and organizing tools. Smartmobs have been used to mobilize protests, including the civil unrest in Paris in 2005, so given rising "no-2010" sentiments, I'm curious to see how this plays out. In addition, the mainstream media is picking up on the public's frustrations, with op ed. pieces in The Straight, being critical of the games. I don't think stories like this one of activists being turned away at the Canadian border are helping.

Twitterversion:: Smarmob protests planned for Vancouver 2010. Will use of social & mobile media be effective in disrupting events? @Prof_K

Images:: "People Before Olympic Profits!" from Just a Gwai Lo-Fun within Prescribed Limits

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