My interest in political activism started developing throughout my teenage years. While it would definitely be a stretch for me to call myself a full-functioning activist in those times, I was still reasonably exposed to activism in various forms on the post-soviet space platform. There are a few mediums that I find especially interesting when it comes to exercising activism, and because of my background, I’m especially interested in the anatomy of protest via those mediums in the frame of severe regulatory restraint (e.g. in the USSR).
- Hacktivism in totalitarian regimes. It would be interesting to investigate whether using the internet as a weapon against the heaviest forms of governmental control can make a change.
- Activism through film.
- Activism through literature in the USSR
- Activism through culture jamming. This is something I haven’t thought about that much prior to this class, but the idea fascinates me. I’d love to find out more about specific examples of the ways in which culture jamming can affect modern day industrial giants.
- Kvartirniki. Protest through bard song.
This one is my favorite topic so far. Being an activist in a society where walls have ears is a challenge and ungrateful experience. I think it would be fascinating to find out what hope and expectations these people had, how they perceived their own actions and how they estimated their chances of making a change. In this also lies the potential issue with the topic: one could argue that activism in such an “inactive” form shouldn’t even be classified as activism, but I would want to try to argue the converse. I deeply admire people who can’t stay silent despite knowing that:
- choosing to vocalize their complaints can be a life-threatening decision;
- they are most like not going to see a change in the structure of the society they live in during their lifetime,
and I’d love to dig deeper into the anatomy of the process.