Brett Kimberlin threatened the venue which hosted the National Bloggers Club BlogBash 2013 awards ceremony with a large demonstration led by a fiery imam, and just like almost everything he’s tried, the actual demonstration fizzles. In fact, it was so pathetic, I actually posted Some Pro Tips for Protestors. That post ran seven years ago today.
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Given the ludicrous results of Team Kimberlin’s attempted protest at Blog Bash, I thought I might share some tips that might help them with some of their more glaring errors.
Petitions. If you’re going to try to run a petition drive, make sure that there is sufficient real world interest that you can collect a respectable number of signatures. 50 signatures on a petition to a business to cancel a 500 person event normally makes a cause look weak, although I will grant that in the case of the Blog Bash protest it made a feeble protests look stronger than it was.
If your demonstrator(s) will engage in role playing make sure that he/they can play the part(s) and is/are properly costumed. For example, a professional photographer would not wear bulky gloves while operating a camera.
Also, what your demonstrator(s) will say should be carefully scripted. Things like “Warning! Right-wing CPAC maggots! Woot Woot!” don’t sound very serious. Indeed, that sounds like something that would come out of the mouth of Dennis the Constitutional Peasant.
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The Kilingon word that best describes that demonstration is tu’HomI’raH.