Help me learn more about protests
January 20, 2017 1:03 PM   Subscribe

Looking for resources about a particular aspect of the effects of protesting.

I was recently reading a comment thread on a friend's post on Facebook. My friend's post was some sort of annoyance about protests. I don't share feelings of annoyance about protests and feel that they're important. But that's beside the point. Anyway, someone I don't know commented on his post about how protesting is important. He wrote a long, seemingly educated detail on the specifics of protests. One specific thing he wrote stood out to me. It was essentially a sequence of events from the opposition of the protest that lets protesters gauge that their point is being made. It goes something like this: Phase one, the opposition ignores you. Phase two they laugh at you. Phase three they fight you (usually verbally) and finally phase four, where one side becomes a victor somehow. I might be a little off on the wording of phase four. I'm recalling this from a few months ago.

I've tried googling this information. I cannot for the life of me find any resource that supports what this gentleman wrote but I really found it fascinating and I'd really like to do some more in depth reading on this topic. Is this idea familiar to you or was this guy just talking out his butt? Do you know of resources where I can read more about this? Is there someone to credit this idea with? Any help would be much appreciated.
posted by smeater44 to Society & Culture (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Are you referring to the "first they ignore you" quote that gets all over the place?
posted by JoeZydeco at 1:07 PM on January 20, 2017




Ah, okay. Thank you both. Somehow I missed this quote being said so often. I was hoping there was more to it.
posted by smeater44 at 12:07 AM on January 21, 2017


The End Of Protest would probably be a good resource for you to check out.
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 6:14 AM on January 21, 2017


There is a lot of information about nonviolent protest on the Albert Einstein Institution website.
posted by Altomentis at 6:38 PM on January 21, 2017


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