I still love a good old fashioned photo essay. The Atlantic has some very good ones, including this series on the protests that were breaking out everywhere before the weather just turned too darned hot. Looking through them, I wonder if protesters have always been this way: for many, protesting seems to be mostly about exhibitionism and free stuff.
1) Quiet and dignified. The way a protest should be.
2) Sparky! Notice head protection is getting more elaborate.
3) So much for that smart diplomacy. Notice the center guy. Even in Africa it is all about the Joooooos!
4) You know, that's kinda artistic.
5, 6, 7) I didn't even know there were protests in Bulgaria.
8) Do people even know who Guy Fawkes is, or what he did? So often protests look more like the trendy thing to do.
9, 10) My absolute favorite photos. Bet you didn't know Anderson Cooper puts on a spray tan and goes to Europe to beat up hippies, did you?
11) Students. Righhht. After a certain amount of time, a middle aged "student" should be forced to get a job and pay into the system he despises.
12) That's a good shot. Don't cross the water cannon.
Let's start speeding through this. Flames, bloody shirts, and riot police.
19) Try for a little more dignity with your anger, like 13.
21) Again, a big helping of dignity helps your cause with Chris. The Buddhists seem to be more rational in their protests, but then we get 43.
23) You ride naked to "highlight the dangers". No you don't. You want an excuse to be naked in public. Having someone else pay for your bike lane is secondary. At least you aren't 25.
25) Trying to justify some serious problems by linking it to animal rights. This group are the last people I would allow around animals. Or children.
44) Egyptian protesters. I have to say I'm surprised. I never thought anyone in the Middle East would rise up against an Islamic government. I guess Egyptians know the problems they face can't be solved with a degree in Islamic studies.
36) The worst problem that the progressive left has today is the view that if you don't get your way, you are entitled to be disruptive. The heckler's veto isn't democracy in action. When your freedom of speech interferes with someone else's freedom of assembly, you are in the wrong.
37) Some artist should put together a photo book of people being hit by water cannon.
39) This is such a great shot it must be staged. Sinister and appealing at the same time. Love the browns and yellows. The untied sneaker is a nice touch.
40) Brazilians protesting against a soccer stadium. That's more radical than Arabs protesting an Islamic government.