Boundaries of Dissent: Protest and State Power in the Media by Bruce D'Arcus

By Bruce D'Arcus

Barriers of Dissent seems to be on the means that political protest, because it is formed in the course of the space-time collapsing energy of media, questions nationwide id and kingdom authority. via this lens of protest politics, Bruce D'Arcus examines how private and non-private house is symbolically mediated-the manner that energy and dissent are articulated within the modern media.

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As he put it, Civil disobedience is neither non-violent nor peaceful. Massing and marching and blocking streets from intended use is not peaceful assembly. Interfering with the function of public universities is not academic freedom, nor is the use of despicable four letter words by bearded youth in public gatherings. Trespass and destruction of property is certainly not freedom of expression. But all of these things are mob action tailor-made for those few malcontents who desire a total breakdown of organized society (1967: 34346).

Second, Beatty connected this to an argument about assembly and speech. As he put it, Civil disobedience is neither non-violent nor peaceful. Massing and marching and blocking streets from intended use is not peaceful assembly. Interfering with the function of public universities is not academic freedom, nor is the use of despicable four letter words by bearded youth in public gatherings. Trespass and destruction of property is certainly not freedom of expression. But all of these things are mob action tailor-made for those few malcontents who desire a total breakdown of organized society (1967: 34346).

Instead, they reveal the complexities of power and identity, citizenship and marginality, law and (dis)order. In so doing, they offer insight 32 • Boundaries of Dissent into social and historical change more broadly. The interpretive politics that distinguish a riot from a protest from a gathering on the street are seldom clear or uncontested. Even where there is broad agreement that a given event is, in fact, a riot, there may be vastly diverging interpretations of the meaning of the event in question.

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