Yes, it’s Off Topic Friday. So last night I watched the film “Battle in Seattle,” rented from the local Blockbuster, being the corporate stooge that I am. It is, as Leonard Maltin claims on the back of the box, “well worth seeing.” It also confirms my theory that left wing radicals are much hotter than right wing radicals.
It did get me wondering, though: what’s happened to the anti-globalization guys and gals? Perhaps I could figure this out my own, by say, Googling. But I remember Seattle, the protests in 2001 against bombing Afghanistan, the reports of anarchists in Genoa. I covered the anti-Iraq war demonstrations in ’03, and then covered the massive demonstrations at the 2004 Republican convention in New York City. But, after 2005, the protests dropped off my personal radar. (Which means I was engrossed news-wise in other stuff for a few years.) So where’d they go? Has Obama’s win taken away some of their momentum? Do they like Obama? Any big protests planned anytime soon? The movie reminded me just how much fun covering protests can be, and I’d be happy to go cover one again. So, if you’re an anti-globalization protester and you’re reading this, drop me a note!