The Power of Protesting

Protest in Hamburg, Germany.

Protest in Hamburg, Germany.

Jomana Thmaide, Staff Writer

Political protests play an immensely significant role in changing undesired laws. By protesting, people attract attention and increase pressure on whoever is putting those unwanted rules into effect. Many with power do not want to damage their reputation or ruin their public image, so they will most likely try to compensate with the popular demands of the people. This will not only benefit themselves but will also be a positive influence in the eye of the public and put the people at ease. Some protestors will go to great lengths in order to ensure that their wants and needs are tended to. Because of that, unfortunately, sometimes these events will even result in harm or unwanted outcomes.

Now, there are ways for communities to safely gather and participate in protests without bringing harm to anyone. Society has encouraged the right to protest in order to make or change laws for the betterment of the population as a whole. While this is true, there are many idle protests which have caused people’s lives to be altered. Not everything should be presented with an uproar. Often times there is such a strong focus on the end result that humans will become ruthless and careless in the process of getting there.

Protests are an effective mean of expression which provides quick responses from lawmakers and helps to sway the government’s decisions in favor of the majority. By protesting, the government feels the pressure to issue a response to the public. Usually, if the protestors do not approve of the result, they will continue to make it publicly known until they reach their goal. Evidently, the best response from the lawmakers would be to give them what they want.

Technology has completely influenced and changed the way people can protest. As of now, social media has a lot of power due to the majority of citizens regularly using some form of it. It allows people to protest and voice their opinions from the comfort of their own home. Some people are not comfortable with physically getting out there and putting a label to themselves as a protester. With social media, they can go about their daily lives and follow their routines regularly while simultaneously supporting a movement. The media has made it easier for people to spread information to each other and has aided individuals in having an opinion and voice. Protesting online is just as effective as doing it physically, but safer.

For example, when a hashtag trends on Twitter, a huge number of the population will know about it, and even converse about it in one way or another. A major attribute of the protests being online is that a huge number of people will follow the movement safely without any harm being caused. Also, anything that enters the internet will stay on it forever. This ensures that if the lawmakers deny the people what they want, they will be deemed a bad person in the public’s eyes and a negative label will be attached to them; their legacy will be tainted.

The power of protesting is very real. There are many protests that have resulted in good. The only thing it comes down to is: Is this really worth protesting? This generation, albeit having good intentions, is very sensitive. If protests become a recurring event, the effect will lessen and the act of it won’t be taken as seriously anymore.