Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Tools on Parade

Riot!
I'd like to think the Occupy Wall Street crowd understands their issue better than yours truly, but I've covered enough protests to know most folks screaming catchphrases are clueless reprobates with nothing much better to do. You there - dressed like a shepherd and reeking of ditch-water. Wanna change the world? Leave the street. Wash that ass. Get a job. Maybe then I'll be the least bit interested in what you have to say (though chances are if you're holding a homemade sign and wearing anything made of hemp, I'm gonna consider you still mad at your parents and officially not worth my time.) But hey, I didn't log in to lose readers with my half-addled pragmatism. There's tons of blogs featuring that weak cheese. Besides, politics cease to matter when the night sticks take flight. Just ask Rodney King.

Or better yet, ask FOX 5 photog Roy Isen and reporter Dick Brennan. They were among the news crews caught in an explosion of violence between New York Police officers and the great unwashed. No matter your theology, it's a scary scene. Protestors pushing forth, cops swatting back with batons and pepper spray; if nothing else the footage proves you don't cover a riot, you swim in one. Of course the Occupy Wall Street movement famously started via social media and some would say the mainstream media is only getting what they deserved for being late to the world's most unpleasant party. Meh. I'm just glad that particular fracas is happening far from here, for as painful as it would be to catch a nightstick to the head, it would be even more excruciating to do so in a crowd full of people who still aren't sure what in the hell they're fighting for.   

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just hope the crowds in Seattle don't get this big...the Evergreen State College anarchists like to smash glass, knock heads around and generally stir up shit.

Roch101 said...

With your usual way with words, you cleverly belittle the protestors. Nothing for the bully cops though, huh?

Lenslinger said...

Certainly,I think the cops overreacted, but when you gather en mass and act a fool, you run the risk of setting off the thin blue line. It ain't right, but it's fairly predictable.

Anonymous said...

Great moment around 1:25 when the douchebag hippie tries to run through the cops. I have absolutely no sympathy for these people. From my experience covering protests, the vast majority of them are smelly anarchists who have no idea why they're protesting, but it gets them out of their parents basements for a few hours.

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