This came out of our day of silence and watching several live streamers today. They inspired us and gave thousands of people a view of the NATO protests that mainstream media has skewed and distorted. After seeing the live streams and then listening to ABC news talk about the protesters like they were going there just to be violent (I think a spectacular example of this was the phrase, “I think the police have finally got the protesters under control and have subdued most of the violence”) is ridiculous. Finding our views shared by others, someone said the following.
When Protests are Convenient, They are Parades.
Isn’t it true? What is the difference between parades and protests? They’re both loud, cause lots of traffic issues, need an excess of security, cause grief to those who live in their path, and … have lots and lots of people. The ideas surrounding them are different though: a ‘protest’ means violence, and a ‘parade’ means fun.
For this poster, we decided against computer work and went straight for the pen and paper. It’s a hand drawing, utilizing visuals taken from the actual NATO protests and combining it with typography. Enjoy.
If you’d like to follow those who inspired us, check out the following streamers: