The historical tactics of domestic and international street uprising is one usually condemned in the moment and glorified decades later. I’ve never ceased to be amazed by those who support mass demonstrations in Egypt while criticizing civil disobedience here in the states. They recognize the value the Boston Tea Party but abhor the notion of burning cop cars.
As a graduate of the NW Film Center, I was taught essential theories of documentary ethics. The importance of recognizing the camera as a weapon for social justice was stressed in most courses. Used as a tool to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, cameras are a powerful weapon indeed. So much so that globally, journalists have recently suffered a massive increase of attacks and murders while on the job.
Few spectacles draw more journalistic interest than the riot. While obviously portrayed disingenuously by corporate media, such uprisings are not mindless acts of aggression. What begins as a peaceful demonstration against injustice often escalates into more severe methods. This happens most commonly for one reason: police escalation.
Courtesy: America Wakie Wakie