Wednesday, May 23, 2012

NATO in Chicago 2012: What Was the Protest Really About?

WHAT IF ....

What if the protest during the NATO summit had turned out to be about something other than the protesters and/or the police? What would the message have been?

Of course, there were many messages. But the message (or messages) that matter is/are the one(s) the public is actually able to hear. (Yes, and what we, ourselves, hear ... but at the end of the day are we talking to ourselves or to the public?)

And usually multiple messages mean no message at all.

So: so what is The Message? Did anyone hear it?


Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, Chicago,
(Image: UGardener)

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