The Law of Unintended Consequences

Skillful use of the media in contemporary terms really began with the civil rights and anti war movements.

Images like this:

Selma

Selma

Anti-War Demonstration

changed the world.

Fast forward.  Those same techniques were taken up by the political right.

Pro-life Demonstration

Pro-life Demonstration

Fastforward to this year.

Color of Change

The nonprofit organization Color of Change recently  had a successful campaign against Glen Beck’s show. Its focus was on getting advertisers to drop the program.

That led to a really talented man losing a shot to work in the White House.

Van Jones

Regardless of where you stand on these issues or what side of the political divide you live on, you can see that what looks like a smart move today can backfire tomorrow.  What might seem progressive can turn regressive and so on.

Move boldly but move with wisdom and humility.  The law of unintended consequences is in effect.

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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