Well, at least it got her a new job.
Bridget DePape's now (in)famous hissy fit in the upper chambers of our country's parliament did everything that such acts normally do: it got lots of media coverage, made her into a household name (at least among the geeks who follow politics), and landed her the admiration of that scion of thoughtful and incisive cultural criticism, Michael Moore. Oh, and it might have even landed her a job with the king of crass criticism—she got fired from her role as a page in the Senate of course.
What it did not do is accomplish any of the goals that she wanted to accomplish. It most certainly did not "STOP HARPER", and it most certainly did not create a "flowering of popular movements that demonstrate that real power to change things lies not with Harper but in the hands of the people, when we act together in our streets, neighbourhoods and workplaces".
And colleague Ray wonders why his younger colleagues sometimes despair!
While the media buzz continues around Ms. Pape's shenanigans, there are youth in Canada who understand that yes, "hope does come to work", even if it never gets front page coverage in major Canadian newspapers.
Three cheers then, for Maclean's magazine, who recently published a list of 11 young Canadians whom they consider "The ones to watch." The truth is, that apart from the coverage they receive in Maclean's, nobody is likely to watch these 11 hard working Canadians. Why? Because they'r e too busy putting in the long hard hours needed to perfect their craft and master the problems with which they are faced.
These people recognize that real "flowering" doesn't happen by taking to the streets or through the brandishing of a frown and a kindergarten quality stop-sign in the Senate; real flowering means paying attention to the pain of women who suffer from "'the hypersexualisation' of women" and acting to help promote a proper understanding of the body, or, designing a "state-of-the-art audio-visual system to help [autistic children]" better communicate, or, creating beautiful music and earning record deals with Deutsche Grammophon for one's piano prowess.
I therefore offer a recommendation to newspapers and the general public:
The next time that some ill-advised person (young or not) throws a pie in the face of a politician, or pulls some stunt accompanied by a call to the streets, let us follow the lead of Maclean's and flood our newspapers with stories of those who are doing the real, hard, long work to bring a "flowering" of good to Canada. Let's not give the Bridget DePape's (or Michael Moore's) the time of day; the "ones to watch" are elsewhere.