Monday, November 11, 2002

The Chicago globalization protesters marched peacefully in town last week, but there was no deterring most of the major media from framing the story as crazed-youth-threaten-civilization-with-mayhem. Media coverage was all about the police presence, how many police are there, how are the police handling it, what do the police expect to happen, where are the police stationed, have the police seen any violence yet. I'm thinking of this as I write for RedEye, the Tribune's attempt to be more relevant to youth, and I'm thinking: to be more relevant to youth, how about not reflexively taking the point of view of institutional law enforcement? How about bothering to ask who these young people are and what they have to say, rather than reacting like hypersensitive old fogeys?

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