Thursday January 28, 2010
What's on DNTO: Jan. 30
When you feel compelled to "fight back," how do you do it? This week, we look at the best - and most creative - ways to win a fight.
Chris Pesto tells us how he fought back against a woman's offensive message: with humour, surprise, and about a hundred strangers.
Are elaborate hijinks a good way to fight for global change? Sook-Yin will talk with master pranksters the Yes Men. (And if you're in Toronto, you can find dates and times for the screening of their new movie here.)
When B.C. mom Jenny Manzer got kicked off a city bus last fall because of her fussy toddler, she decided to fight back. But she had no idea that her battle would take on a life of its own... and make her wish she'd never started a fight in the first place.
One of the problems with fighting back is that a lot of us want to, but most of us don't. We roll over and let the initial rush of anger and annoyance wash past us, and move on. But not Mitch Altman. He'll tell us how he created a little gadget to help him fight back against a common annoyance...
When does "fighting back" tip over and just become plain ol' "fighting?" Lisa Schwartzman found out, thanks to an encounter with her neighbourhood bully... and her Shih Tzu.
What was the last fight you won? Sook-Yin heads to the street to find out how you did it.
If the word "grandmother" makes you think of fresh baking and knitted sweaters, you've got a thing or two to learn about old ladies. Raging Granny Alison Acker tells us how she uses "granniness" to fight for her causes.
United Airlines used to invite travellers to "fly the friendly skies." But two years ago, Halifax musician Dave Carroll found out it's the baggage handlers who can be downright unfriendly. When they damaged his three-thousand-dollar guitar, and the airline refused to compensate him, he took his musical fight online. He'll tell us why it worked.
Toronto-based community activist Dave Meslin has fought on the front lines for most of his life. But two years ago he burned out. Sook-Yin will find out why he chose to opt out of the fight.
And here's this week's playlist:
Mother Mother - "Love and Truth"
Owen Pallett - "Midnight Directives"
Colleen Brown - "Ain't Got No Man (To Have Problems With)"
The New Lightweights - "Sinking Feeling"
The Perms - "Let's Not Fight"
Red1 - "No Fuss, No Fight"
Corinne Bailey Rae - "Paris Nights/New York Mornings"
Dave Carroll - "United Breaks Guitars"
Ben Harper - "Fight Outta You"
Previous Comments (1)
Leuven, January 30, 2010 11:12 PM
It was funny to revisit the story of B.C. mom Jenny Manzer. I think that DNTO missed something though...while the program was meant to cover Mrs. Manzer fighting back, this is exactly what many others did. While Mrs. Manzer feels hard-done-by that she did not receive overwhelming support and special treatment, the people who fought back were the ones who regularly see parents neglect their children (go to any family restaurant, and even non-family first restaurants) and let them run amok. This time, a bus driver asked her to leave because he was trying to safely drive a packed bus full of people. Furthermore, people have fought back against her because she takes NO RESPONSIBILITY for her child in this situation - she is completely ambivalent that she could potentially have contributed at least somewhat to the situation. Victoria has a fairly large bus population that says 'Thank you' to the bus driver. It is very very common and part of the culture. Manzer did not control her child, distracted the bus driver, and was asked to leave the bus. Victorians are prepared to give a parent (with or without groceries) special treatment 99% of the time. But, there is a catch, if people like Mrs. Manzer feel they are naturally entitled to receive special treatment, and abuse it doing whatever they want, we will fight back and say "this is not fair to the rest of us because parents have responsibilities too." While parents may let their children run amok in restaurants, hopefully this will teach civility on buses.