Friday, November 13, 2009

Picture Power: Let's get the People Sovereignty March as widely publicized as possible...

Images speak volumes. Remember some classic pictures from Martin Luther King's marches?

We need to get the international media organizations to pick up on the Taiwan people's sovereignty march. We need professional photographers to spend a few days following the marchers. So let's make some phone calls, let's get to writing to our friends, letters to the editors, distributing pictures, creating press releases that can be sent to different reporters and news organizations as a basis for articles. The more publicity this march gets, the more your average busy working Taiwanese person will think it valuable, and also the more it will have an effect on grass-roots momentum and elections.

Here are some blogs with pictures...
Darren Melrose's pictures.
David on Formosa

Here is the Nuke4 Referendum Organization's website

Try to do a google image search on 人民作主運動 and you don't come up with many great pictures. Many of them are static. They do not capture a human element. There is no drama of a long-fought hard-won cause of right.

Pictures can speak of joy and hope and a vision for the future. These kinds of pictures will resonate with the people of Taiwan and turn them from distant spectators into involved individuals who own the cause of Taiwan. Please help capture that with your cameras, your keyboards, and your letters and blogs.

Notice how the photo from the Central News Agency shows people frowning. I think that of all the pictures they probably have on file, they deliberately chose the one with the frowns to manipulate the populace to have a vague negative feeling about the march.


Joel Linton said...

Get some shots of the marchers interacting with local residents on the streets -- e.g. if they are handing out flyers or bracelets of shaking people's hands.

DeMo! said...

The poster @Atoq who keeps posting comments that have to be deleted (trolls) needs to realize that posting on another person's blog is a privilege, not a right. If you want to keep calling this blog the PRC, or undemocratic or whatever, create your own blog and say what you want.

Comments on this blog are screened for relevance and tone and significant content contributing to the discussion.

Anonymous said...

Hey DEMO! Is Freedom of Speech merely a privilege or a universal right?

I'm asking this because it's relevant to your using the phrase Taiwan Democracy Movement.

When you use the word Democracy please respect the meaning and don't demean it by practicing the opposite PRC-style censorship.

Get it?


DeMo! said...

Atoq, you do not get it. You have freedom of speech in Taiwan. No one is stopping you from creating your own blog.

Think of a blog as a protester's sign. The protester has a right to make his own sign. His freedom of speech is taken away if other people demand to write what they want to write on his sign in the name of free speech. In order to uphold the protester's free speech, the protester has a right to decide if he wants anyone else to write points or comments on his sign.

DeMo! said...

If I say, "Ma is selling out Taiwan" on a sign, and then someone else comes along, uses harassment and demands to be able to write a comment under that sign: "Ma is the best thing that happened to Taiwan." Then that person has violated my free speech. I cannot use the sign any more.

You have made probably almost 50 posts that have had to be deleted because they are irrelevant or have a nasty tone, or make false claims, etc. These posts clutter up the comments section and makes people with legitimate points not want to comment.

You will not be given a hearing again re: your supposed right to violate another person's free speech by scribbling graffiti on someone else's blog/sign.

If you wish to post a comment, it will be judged on its relevancy, accuracy, etc. and if it is not, it will be deleted at the sole choice and discretion of the blog administrator.

If you continue to post nasty comments, all of your prior comments that remain will also be deleted.

Anonymous said...

"You will not be given a hearing again re: your supposed right to violate another person's free speech by scribbling graffiti on someone else's blog/sign."

How can writing my opinion on your 'comments' page be a violation of your free speech?

It would be different if you write 'Post No Bill' on your wall
and someone writes or sprays or draws graffiti on it.

If you don't like a healthful debate and an exchange of honest but contradictng opinions then why bother with a comments section?

Free Speech and Democracy could be messy sometimes but it's better
than a dictatorship where it's a crime to speak your mind.

Let's all make true DEMOCRACY prevail in Taiwan so that
the KMT and CCP will not reign supreme.



Anonymous said...

"These posts clutter up the comments section and makes people with legitimate points not want to comment." That is the detrimental impact of irrelevant or bad posts.