It’s a bustling High St in SnoozeCity and JadedSnapper has been sent on one of his favourite assignments, a demonstration. A supermarket is opening today.
PoliticalActivist: [with megaphone] Down with corporate greed! Give people what they need! No BigSupermarket! No BigSupermarket! No BigSupermarket!…Down with corporate greed! … – You there! What are you doing! Are you the filth?!
JadedSnapper: Well I didn’t have a bath today if that’s what you mean?
PoliticalActivist: No! You’re from the pigs, the rozzers, the peelers, the polis, the bloody filth, the faaacking fuzz! That’s why you’re takin’ pictures!
JS: Erm, I’m just from the Evening Snooze…
PoliticalActivist: [with megaphone at JS] Down with corporate greed!
JS: So, if I could just, you know, snap away at this news event…
PoliticalActivist: Corporate Media whore! [putting down megaphone] Why are you wasting your life selling your soul to the corporate media? You are controlled by capitalism…
JS: Erm…okay. So I take you don’t want any coverage?
PoliticalActivist: Oh no, I didn’t mean it like that. I mean we all have to get our message out…
JS: Of course. So why are you protesting against BigSupermarket?
PoliticalActivist: BigSupermarket are destroying the community
JS: Oh, well it’s opening today, isn’t it a bit late?
PoliticalActivist: It’s vital we make a stand against corporate greed!
JS: So how are you doing that?
PoliticalActivist: Well first I’ve chalked ‘Down with Corporate Greed’..
JS: Oh yes, lovely, where’s –
PoliticalActivist: ‘Give people what they need’? Well I ran out of space, it’s only a small store see..
JS: Is that it?
PoliticalActivist: Hell no! Our nonhierarchicaldecisionmakingcollective have agreed upon a new tactic!
JS: Why was there no capital letters in that nonhierarchical thingy?
PoliticalActivist: All letters are equal.
JS: Oh…so what’s the new tactic?
PoliticalActivist: Active Resistance!
JS: Is that where you lie on the floor an’ that
PoliticalActivist: No, that’s passive resistance
JS: So are you going to glue the locks?
PoliticalActivist: No that’s direct action, the nonhierarchicaldecisionmakingcollective voted that down
PoliticalActivist: It’s naughty
JS: Well, it would stop people getting in
PoliticalActivist: That’s where active resistance comes in
JS: So what are you going to do?
PoliticalActivist: We’re going to lie down on the floor… and then roll towards ’em
JS: That’ll stop them
PoliticalActivist: Anyway you’re paper will side with the corporate interests so you can do what you like
JS: Why’s that?
PoliticalActivist: Well the corporate media’s merely an expression of the capitalist system. You are blinded by corporate conditioning. Open your eyes! You are controlled by advertising!
JS: Slight problem with that though…
PoliticalActivist: What’s that
JS: No bugger will advertise with us anymore