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As Protests Abound, So Does Our Apathy

Posted By Krista Lane On Oct 8, 2007 @ 12:57 am In News | Comments Disabled

Berkeley may be back [1], considering the veritable flurry of recent protests.Between GSI near-strikes, tree people and the last few years’ worth of ruined convocations at the hands of picket-sympathizing speakers, there seems to be little room left in our overextended hearts to care about protests over the BP deal [2] or I-House [3] working conditions.And while we do care about trees and alternative energy [4] research and living wages and other liberal hippie crap like that, we feel we are lately simply inundated [5] with protests.At this rate, it looks like people in Berkeley are protesting for no other reason than to be contrary about everything in this world that has wronged them.The Clog (or at least this Clogger) could likely find ways to care less about whether the athletic department gets new facilities or the GSI’s union pressures the university for more money. We fully support free speech and human rights and all the rah rahs that come with that, but we find ourselves commiserating with the sentiments of Dangierre [6], who suggests the protesters “get their heads out of their asses.”Maybe we wouldn’t be quite so harsh on our activist brethren. But the medium’s message these days is just so … Free-Speech-Movement cliche. Perhaps “ration the rally call” or “choose battles wisely” is more our style.Image Sources: Justin Gonzaga, Yaou Dou, Daily Cal; edited by Krista Lane40 protest UC Berkeley research deal with BP [SF Gate [2]]Employees Protest I-House Conditions [Daily Cal [3]]Hundreds Rally In Support of ‘Jena Six’ [Daily Cal [7]]


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[1] be back: http://berkeley.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200990065

[2] BP deal: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/10/04/BAIKSK32J.DTL

[3] I-House: http://www.dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=26263

[4] alternative energy: http://progressiveu.org/171534-more-bp-hubbub

[5] inundated: http://clog.dailycal.org/2007/10/07/be-an-activist-and-sunbathe-at-the-same-time/

[6] Dangierre: http://dangierre.blogspot.com/2007/10/so-many-protests-so-few-problems.html

[7] Daily Cal: http://www.dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=26079

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