Days of Our Lives Cliffhanger Friday: 02-09-19: I stand by the quality of my police force

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 51492289_567213380423749_4962314577103552512_n-1.jpg

Dimera mansion Stefan and Chloe are in the living room when Bob walks in “are you both okay” “we are for now” went Chloe Stefan have Harold look at your arm I’ll give Chloe the grand tour” Stefan nodded and left 

Okay Chloe rule number one of staying in the dimera mansion stay away from the front its never locked and anyone can and will walk in at anytime “that didn’t help Chloe’s nerves but bob continued 

Now if you follow me I’ll show you where you can stay where you can  hide what tunnels lead to which persons houses and where the emergency exits and entrances are.

This Week in Salem 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 51520280_2113479795394906_6337799603361939456_n-1024x683.jpg

In trying to save Chloe from being stabbed by cartel goons Stefan ended up taking a shot in the arm 

HERO THOU ART REDEEMED 

Is it possible that Stefan brought them in and this is all a set up? 

Doubt it there’s too much back story to re involve and re write at this point 

Claire and Tripp hit a restart button is there hope for this couple and does it matter 

Clipp  ?? nah i think they will leave together so maybe it will 

Lani and Eli also hit the restart button these two seem to be on a better path than Tripp and Ciara 

How do you feel about Elani? 

yes and no 

Hope illegally entered and searched Ben’s room Ben caught her Hope accused him of taking Ciara 

SMH 

Ciara saw that her kidnapper was Jordan Ridgeway 

Do you remember Jordan?

i do its sad what happened to her poor girl is sick she is not responsible for her actions 

Chad and Abigail are almost at the point where there back together 

Does that please you? 

Me know but thousands of others I’m sure are ecstatic,

Jordan tried to get Ciara to see that Ben was still nuts Ciara defended him saying he no longer so 

He is he’s been fixed with medication there’s a huge difference 

Jordan showed up at Abigail’s

After a romp with Rex that may or may not have her back together with Her Sarah still wants to be friends with Eric 

What should Eric do 

Eric should run far, far away trying to be “friends” with the girl that will sleep with everyone BUT you..Eric graduated High school he doesn’t need the nonsense 

Brady finding out about Chloe stepped up and tried to get her into the kirakis mansion Victor put his foot down 

That’s victor for you i wouldn’t stay there anyway 

Charlotte was the next to go missing Chad naturally Blamed Stefan who of course denied it 

SMH

Was Chad justified in his accusations 

NO Since when do Dimeras kidnap….Moving on 

Chad and Abigail found out about Ciara and wondered if Ben took them both 

Poor Ben serial killers never catch any breaks LOL

Chad burst in on Ben accusing him of the kidnappings, Eli stepped in to verify it wasn’t him 

Chad got lucky Eli saved him from ben beating him up again 

The kidnappings are heating up the mayoral race and Melinda Trask is sure to use this to her advantage 

Hey Chloe want to hear a joke 

Sure i guess 

Abe and Melinda are walking down the street and Abe says  “i stand by the quality of my police force” Chloe stopped and stared at Bob who burst out into uncontrollable laughter and it lasted until a maid went by them in the hallway 

Where was i ..oh yeah this room here is mine Chad and Stefan never go in it here’s a key the closet hides a door that goes to my office and my house 

Thanks 

Bob that reminds me i never thanked you for that time when you convinced Quinn Hudson  to be your exclusive to save me from ..Well you know 

Was happy to do it Chloe and not just because of Nicole 

Yeah Nicole we never talked about that did we 

later..JJ promised to keep quiet about Haley’s illegal status 

LOL soon everyone will know  

Who will JJ blab to first 

JJ and Haley Kissed 

why the rush JJ 

Is jj moving to fast?

Jordan Sedated Ciara who must have “went” all over the bed by now and then went to see Ben as the credits rolled 

Are you upset about what the writers did to Jordan’s character 

Well they have to do something to redeem Ben without another trip to melsewan Island right?

That’s about it now Chloe before we go back downstairs i want to tell you something that you must never repeat until i tell you to 

What is it 

I’m serious Chloe if you tell anyone i will make you suffer like Stefano made john suffer in the room right behind you 

okay i promise what is it 

Time to turn the hourglass 

By Robert Feldmann

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is stefano-and-robert-9-14-071.jpg

Days of Our Lives Cliffhanger Friday: 01-25-19: Salem PD is a Joke

Bob and Blanca are walking through the square towards marlena’s office when they ran into Melinda Trask 
Hello Miss Trask i wish you good luck on your candidacy
How did you know about that 
its a very small town,Anyway i wish to donate to your campaign please come to my office on Monday i will also give you a list of Everything Stefano ever bought for lexi theo and Abe that Abe still has in his possession that you may be able to claim as  Dimera Bribes 
Melinda not knowing what to think walked away
why dont you run for mayor Blanca jokingly asked Bob 
I wouldnt  take the pay cut 
Later they entered malrena’s office 

This week in Salem 
Abigail pondered forgiving chad but speculated that to see charlotte and thomas it had to be outside the mansion 
Will this finally get Chad out of there ?Chloe mocked rex for sleeping with Noel 
will we see noel in salem soon ?
Kate told chad that she originally turned down the ceo job so chad could get it 
Do you believe that Mr Chin Co CEO’s SMH JOKE 
Victor out of options begged brady to take the CEO job this time Brady went for it 
where will this direction lead brady 
back to chloe probably 
Eve wants Jack to be mayor Jack is warm to the idea 
will this help jack with his memory 
possibly
Eric caught Zander and Sarah in Bed 
ROTFLMAO sorry sorry  
sarah blamed erics rejection or something amd said she was using eric 
I think Eric is mad at the zander part its actually very normal 
is eric mad because of who more than why
i believe so 
Zander played with leo who couldnt remember their “time together”after some fun with him Zander admitted to drugging leo to avoid the whole thing
poor leo 
will leo further pursue this ?
doubt it 
Zander is upset he was passed over again at titan 
would Zander make a better CEO than brady 
YES 
ted tried again with Kate she threw a drink in his face 
Jeez Kate let it go 
After finding out about Zander and the missing evideince DA trask demanded Hope be fired 
naturally her corrupt buddies came to her defense  DA trask Quit her job calling the Salem PD a joke 
She’s right about that ,Womans got principals, proud of her 
can you see her being Mayor 
I Can 
JJ told Jack about his past political ambitions he also brought up when he and Eve slept together 
Jack then made a comment that he and his son had the same taste in women 
LOL cute ..wait does that mean JJ has an Oedipus complex 
nah but im sure Jennifer jumping into bed with him and eve that last time gave him nightmares for awhile lol
Kayla passed the Dr Rolf Phoenix power drug to her bosses who then lost them 
SMDH .should kalya have known better OR did Kayla’s bosses give the info back to where it belongs ???
maybe we will find out 
Eve didnt hide or deny the JJ affair to jack and pressed him to focus on his  mayorship 
Chad and Stefan are co ceo’s again 
SMH mr chin’s a gutless wonder 
abigail wont bring charlotte to the mansion i think she’s trying to get chad out of there 
FINALLY 
but he wont leave 
DUMBASS 
they could be so happy together living with Jennifer 
JJ tried to make diner for Haley he burnt it,they sang songs instead 
He’s got a good voice i hear 
Hope agreed to diner with ted 
Poor Ted 
will they go anywhere ?
Gabi snapped at eli when julie and the fall down the stairs came up 
he insinuated she was pushed and she wasnt Julie is sure to continue her lies though
how much longer will that story go on ?
Abigail assured Jennifer they can get jack back without any serum 
she’s right 
will jack get his memory back before the mayor campaign gets into full swing ?
gabi tried to get her company back her and stefan started arguing again 
they need to get a room 
abe went after Melinda for the whole running for mayor thing 
Does abe think he should go unopposed 
naturally he does HOW DARE SOMEONE RUN AGAINST HIM 
jack told jennifer he knows that Eve is trying to manipulate him ..but he’d like to be mayor anyway 
Were you surprised by this revelation 
eh 
Haley told JJ (her secret)that she is an illegal immigrant 
GASP IM SHOCKED IM HORRIFIED IM …BORED dd the writers forget that they moved Salem to a sanctuary state which means that not only isnt haley going anywhere but that the law cant be bothered to do anything about it making the entire story POINTLESS 
Will she marry JJ to stay in the country ? he likes her it so again doesnt matter 
Eve came home to see Zander waiting for her 
Eve and Zander ??? what are they up to ?
Thats about it ..Marlena i have some news you may be interested in 
such as 
people are whispering that Diana Corville may be returning to Salem 
Diana was in love with Roman she has nothing to do with me and john 
thats the spirit marlena 

Most cast bleedings are occuring   Chloe, Trip, Maybe Claire, probably Stefan, heard whispered of stacey kristen returning 
well at least thats something hopefully she’s permanent (until they can get Eileen back then one can be kristen and the other can be susan)

Time to turn the hourglass 

Days of Our Lives Cliffhanger Friday 10/14/17: The End of Everything

After leaving Horton Square Nicole rushes off to pack her things after cleaning out kirakis mansion she drove over to the storage facility where she planned on renting a truck.

Rob was already there waiting with Baby Stefano

“Hey Nicole, thought you could use a hand”

“You did all this ..By yourself ?”

“Nah i had help but don’t worry i was the one who handled all your clothes, so whenever you’re ready WE can leave”

What do you mean We ?

“We’re Going with you !

 

 

 

This week in Salem

 

Brady continued to Berate Nicole forcing her to break up with Eric, leave town or face prison for the Damos Murder BTW Brady still has that stupid Amulet on him

Do you want to kill Brady and how much would you make him suffer first

Eli doesn’t want Rafe’s help in Hope hiring him at the Salem PD But he may take Julies

Is this the smart move or is he better off with Rafe

Going with Julie on this one

Hope Reinstated Supercop Rafe accused her of showing special interest

Salem needs SUPERCOP on the job city can’t survive without him

Was Rafe over stepping?

After Sami surprised john and paul at the cemetery she called Rafe to make sure they stopped  a drunk Lucas showed up and after he was convinced that she was real Sami scolded him for being drunk

Again Lucas defended himself using the current events he thinks it may be possible because Dr Rolf has done it before

Sami despite having her father and mother and stepfather all return from the dead Roman and Marlena  at least two times Each still doesn’t believe it to be true

Or is it that Sami just doesn’t want to get her hopes up

Paul is feeling hopeless because whether Will is alive or not he knows he lost Sonny!

Sonny’s being unfair to Paul

Are Paul’s days in Salem numbered

Probably

Bonnie/Adrianne told victor to divorce Maggie and marry him or she would go to the cops for his murdering Damos

She told Maggie to move out she had some weird dream from the movie whatever happened to baby Jane.

She visited Mickey’s grave and replaced Maggie’s flowers with her own

What other depths will this woman sink to?

SMH Why hasn’t Victor just put a bullet in her head ?

Because she’s family just wait though as soon as bonnie is bonnie BAM

Tearful Nicole broke it off with Tearful Eric. Eric doesn’t understand why

Neither do i but hey?

What happens to Eric now any chance he resumes it with Jennifer?

They changed Eric’s persona he’s no longer compatible with Jennifer this is a good thing

Steve called his mother JO JO to inquire about Bonnie/Adrianne’s behavior patterns

Kate got Justin up to speed on everything Dr Rolf the entire town is going to look for him now

They will find him when he is ready

You know where he is

Of course

Chad told Andre to Fix the Hattie mess with the board and of course they used Abigail to bully him into helping them find Rolf ,he said he would try

why does Andre tolerate his family berating him day after day
when is this dimera board inconsistency going to stop they are upset that Andre was scamming Hattie when Clearly Hattie had it coming being a scammer herself and YET they are okay with their CEO stealing and smuggling a 20 million dollar artifact.

Don’t get me started on that stupid amulet

Sami told Marlena she took the kids all over the world trying to find traces of EJ

Instead of enrolling them in school and giving them stability

So she’s following traces of EJ all over the world because HE may be alive. But Will can’t BE SMH Sami

Sami went to Dimera mansion and kissed Chad in front of Abigail, Chad Loved it but played dumb Abigail said it was for revenge

Abigail is lucky Sami didn’t do anything else she should shut up

Andre saw Sami refused to help Sami denied stealing the money claiming it was EJ’s inheritance and when he refused to help they bullied him again

I wish it was a case of poking the bear but clearly these writers no NOTHING about Andre Dimera

Kayla and Tripp had an encounter Kayla looks like she may try to treat Tripp like Family

Steve question Hattie and just missed Adriane

Victor handed Maggie divorce papers Bonnie/Adrianne was livid that he left her so much money wanting her to have less than nothing

A small trace of the old victor reminded her that he could have her killed she got scared but tried to play it off

Bonnie brought in a certified Shelia because Marlena wasn’t available to marry them ????? To get married right her right now

Maggie stopped the wedding, is it possible that Maggie just and victor are all on the same page and are playing Bonnie/Adrianne together

Hope so

Sami and Eric shared a birthday cake Sami ran into Nicole and slammed her in Sami Fashion

Eric demanded that Sami knock it off

That’s about it

Great now Robert ..you can’t go with me

Like hell i can’t you think i want to stay in this town without you in it

Blanca needs you Stefano here needs both her parents

That’s taken care of.. Project pawn remember My clone is with Blanca as is his twin brother baby Stefano 2  who is also a clone

Things will be great for her my um “devotion “to you was not entirely  implanted in him

How do i know you’re not the clone and the real ones are with Blanca

You can trust me

I always could, couldn’t i  ..well let’s get going then i suppose

Nicole one last thing.

Yes

Some time back  on a Dimera Man binder i ended up at the sperm bank and switched specimen cups

So you’re trying to tell me that Holly is yours not Daniels

Yes

IF that’s true then Stefano can’t grow up to be with Holly because they have the same father

But if he’s not my son but a bonfire Clone of Stefano he could  indeed

Get in the car

Nicole when you start to feel better can we have sex? i do love you, you know

GET IN THE CAR

That’s not a no

Just drive i need to get out of here

Next stop my private Island

i want to see my sister first she’s waiting for us

I knew that

Nicole Walker, many will miss her Many wont Either way Adriane Zucker is a great actress and it’s the show and viewers loss

What are your favorite Nicole Memories?

Time to turn the hourglass

By Robert Feldmann

Days of Our Lives Cliffhanger Friday 05/20/17: Greece is the word pt 2

Marlena and John are going to Rob’s house to check up on him  they hear music and singing the door was left open they entered to see and hear Blanca Singing
My head is saying, “Fool, forget him.”
My heart is saying, “Don’t let go.
Hold on till the end.”
And that’s what I intend to do
I’m hopelessly devoted to you

“Nice voice” went John

BLANCA?” Marlena yelled over the music Blanca heard Marlena and with a click of the remote turned off the music

“HE ESCAPED” went a sad Blanca

“oh dear” went Marlena

 

This Week In Salem:

 

After returning from visiting her Sons Adrianne reminded Lucas why she chose him worried about the condition of her body Lucas reassured her but agreed to wait

“Is waiting going to give Justin more time to move in?”

Jade backpedaling a bit told trip she had no real proof that Kayla killed Ava But then Adrianne told Tripp a story on how Steve covered for her killing their father

Will Tripp find out the truth and then let it go because he see’s the johnsons for how they are as a family

“i hope not Joey deserves to go to prison” marlena looked at Blanca”Sniff just saying what rob would if he was here”

john came back from doing a quick scouting of the house”passports still upstairs suitcases doesnt look like he left”

Chad dismissed more cursed amulet nonsense and his mother  Hope Mooched a ride home on his plane

SMH she’s a piece of work”

how much more of Mother Hope is chad going to have to put up with

Erics arrival in Greece caused Zander to plan his escape money helicopter and the like Commando Eric made a shiv out of a pencil and her and Nicole tried once again to escape it didnt work the way they planned Nicole not wanting to leave without Eric trusted a cop the cop betrayed her and she’s prisoner once again

“do you think its part of the writers plan to make nicole look dumber everyday or is the writing just really really bad

“BOTH”

Jade Scared off a potential new girlfriend for joey by telling her the Truth

NO NOT THE TRUTH

will Jade make it past july or will joey kill her before then

Steve showed Tripp the boring sides of Detective work tripp has decided to shadow kayla on the medical school thing

Doctor or Detective which career do you think Suits Tripp Better

Chloe totally forgetting on how she betrayed lucas by cheating on him with dr Feelgood tried to bring him onto her MY BABY team Lucas had none of it and tore her a new one

where you cheering for lucas ..how many “my baby” drinks did you have this week

Damos told Abigail that the same drug dealer after him “EL Fideo” was the same Cartel leader that Theresa went off with

“i thought his name was Matteo”

“it was”

“anyway lying or not Abigail agreed to go through with it”

“Adriannes is feeling her body isnt up to the task she asked Lucas to “wait” until she is 1000 percent ready”

“is there anyway waiting backfires on them ?”

Lani told Eli to go after Gaby because getting Gaby away from Supercop was a bonus for her as well Lani is also upset that JJ is holding off on Sex

How about Lani and Eli as a couple ?

Hope warned chad about the amulet

Chad and Gabi found their room trashed and a knifed masked man who took the amulet unbeknownst to both robber and chad Gabi switched it with a fake

Why did chad leave his gun at home ?

Theo couldnt contain his jealousy anymore and told Ciara that Wyatt was a fake because everything wyatt said came from him

What will happen with these three and will Claire dump theo over this

Eli seeing Gaby and Chad together decided that he wouldnt have any part of being a third wheel and told her they were done

Gabi now believes in the curse too

Do you believe in Curses and who will be its first victim ? just then Robert came home Blanca didnt know to be happy or angry so she settled for both

“oh hi Marlena,john good to see you back in salem

“good to be back thanks for your help”

“your welcome”marlena looked at them both

“How did you escape “asked a curious marlena ”

“trade secret.”rob smiled
“why arent you on your way to Greece”went a still upset Blanca”
“Forget Greece.” rob looked at Blanca Marlena john then Blanca again

Rob got down on one Knee “Blanca..will you marry me”

Time to turn the hourglass

Days of Our Lives Cliffhanger Friday: Hope’s Ghosts

13435877_10206043543077983_1956939966_nHope’s Ghosts Nicole enters Rob’s office but doesnt enter right away because yet again he is screaming into the phone “What do you mean you wont or i cant do anything about Kate,she messed with the wrong friend” “no you listen to me Andre,you return to salem and what have you done ? Hypnotized Chad to try and get belle to lead you to the money sami stole LAME,take the blame for the re writing needed to bring back Peter Reckell DOUBLE LAME, received karma for being framed for a murder you didnt do and then what ?? you have done nothing but sit around in a jail cell your Useless ! and your telling me to stand down because you have plans for kate ? what kind of plans.. you know besides keeping her in the family sex tree ..im warning you Andre you my brother and i love you but if you are involved in anything that gets nicole hurt…we’ll finish this later…”rob hung up the phone when he saw Nicole’s reflection on a glass bookcase “sorry nicole i didnt hear you come in” of course not with you screaming your bloody head off” “sorry,I was Yelling at Andre he wants me to leave kate alone for ect ect ” “i want you to leave her alone too,remember your promise to me” “fine, so what happened this week ? This week in Salem Damos and Summer offered up different reasons as to why Summer was still in salem they ended up in bed could you see them as a couple better summer than you then summer told brady she fallen in love with him theresa is going to kick her ass what will theresa do when she finds out Damos proposed to me please tell me you didnt say yes i said no THANK GOD not because i didnt love him but because of the way he did it sigh he said that i would have grown tired of daniel that would be the other way around whats that suppose to me Daniels love for you was conditional he changed you for the better sure but if you didnt jump to his tune sooner or later he’d be off sniffing jennifers butt in a heartbeat ” “thats not fair or correct “your right im sorry andre phone call residue better be, anyway someone im sure it was Kate videotaped our fight in the park and brought it to the police setting me up for his murder thats why i was yelling at Andre Do you think Kate will get away with NOPE Kate is doing all she could to convince roman i killed him dont worry nicole im sure Roman isnt buying it I hired Belle as my lawyer Seriously ? yes whats wrong with that what isnt wrong with that i can get you a OJ like dream team why hire her because she’s got a good reputation and it looks good with the salem PD true enough anyway CSI special Agent Shawn D found some evidence in the crime scene i dont know if its for good or bad yet thats why i started yelling at Andre speaking of the park turns out nobody noticed you switched dresses or they were just being polite about it,speaking of the dress dont worry i had it cleaned thank you then i gave it to your Clone Helena to see how she looked in it SIGH i want .no on second thought keep it cool Miss Hernandez’s not Hope plan for Rafe materialized her name is Bianca will her plan work to have rafe move away from Hope hope so for his sake Justin working to prove his loyalty to damos paid Aiden to help get rid of some evidence of some Kirakis goons he told victor about the damos/nicole murder Victor seemed happy that made maggie unhappy Kate wants aiden to be her lawyer offering him 250,000 wow aidens getting in deep from both ends now but if Kate doesnt sleep with Aiden we’ll know he’s one of the good guys now how will this all play out ? Hope dreamed BO, Stefano,larry welsch and Zack bo wants her to follow her heart Stefano wants her to look after chad larry laughed at her and Zack is very proud of her Speaking of chad and Ciara ..Ciara has a crush how far is all this going to go not far enough for me but it sounds like fun ..Chara NO..Jade and joey had some disagreements at the cult/commune they had some run ins with the police and jades aunt simone but John steve and kayla were able to get joey out of there is this the last we see of aunt simone and co ? Fynn let Kayla go..sort of Steve thanked him for looking out for him how much wont you miss Fynalya fynala LOL doesnt matter its over after i was released i went straight to kate and smacked her a good one NICE we exchanged threats Aiden and Rafe played who cares about hope the most Hope arrived and said she was going to give Aiden another chance,breaking Rafe’s heart is hope sincere is this a game proposed by Ghost Bo to see about aidens level of trust how will Chase fit in to all of this personally aiden doesnt stand a chance because of chase but thats my opinion Kate gave roman Aidens phony documents proving she was missess damos Roman warned that this would turn ugly for her she didnt listen will kate back off this scheme of hers when does kate ever listen never just make sure you listen im with andre on this Stay out of it whatever you say nicole your wish is my command thank you “excuse me” Bart came in and handed Robert a note Robert read it,it said that Damos made it out of the water and after identifying himself as Robert called chloe lane for help and she came to his aide Robert ? Chloe ? damos ? are you thrown or excited about this latest twist ?” robert put the note through a shredded so nicole couldnt read it “do i even want to know” she asked “probably but im not allowed to tell you ?” “fine lets eat im starved” “After you” Time to turn the hourglass

 

Monday Original Blog–May 9, 2016: The Brown School of Thinking on Activism

Editor’s Note: the following is an excerpt from a Master’s thesis I completed at Colorado State University in May of 2015. For that project, I researched soaps, online activism, and their juncture in the Save Our Soaps (SOS) movement, for which I created my own SOS group, thistimeitsforever.org. In the introductory section that follows, I define activism as it pertains to the SOS group I created for the project, thistimeitsforever.org. Prior to this section, I mention that I will rely on three texts on activism in defining activism: Building Powerful Community Organizations by Michael Jacoby Brown; Tweets and the Streets, by Paolo Gerbaudo; and Cyberactivism by Martha McCaughey and Michael D. Ayers. Though I reference and use other texts in the document and the creation of my own SOS group, these three texts ground and found my thinking on online activism. 


The Brown School of Thinking on Activism

da3ec1ea4c253f2504021b0bf861d243

The Brown school rooted as it is in pre-digital technology, bears unmistakable marks of being influenced by the social justice movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s, which in turn were heavily influenced by the non-violent and egalitarian thinking of Mahatma Gandhi and the socialist thinking that grew out of the writings of Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels. Nevertheless, it proposes an activism based in traditional organizational structure: “hard” (yet still democratic) leadership, i.e., one person heading a top-down hierarchy (though this person may not always be elected by vote, as a single person may start a group and take responsibility for running it, especially in its initial stages). This literature emphasizes the importance of the roles of individual members in a given organization, how individual membership and action contribute to the realization of the group’s aims. It stresses the importance of activist group members’ time and physical energy to realizing its explicitly articulated mission/s.

In keeping with its founding in pre-digital life, this activist literature recommends many “analog” approaches to action. These include establishing and maintaining activist organizations based on face-to-face relationships, and nurturing each of these relationships one-on-one with the ultimate goal of cementing the interpersonal bonds that will hold activists groups together. Other recommendations include recruiting people through active pursuit using the physical realm in which our bodies exist.

Recruiting in the physical realm allows meetings of activist organizations in edifices to come together in person, where rules can be posted on walls, food can be brought and shared, eye contact and gesticulation can partly comprise persuasion in meetings that last potentially for hours. Fliers can be made and later distributed by members on the street, leaders and members pound the pavement, visiting homes and other dwellings in the interest of winning over organization members and passing on organizational intent and goals. The use of hard-copy petitions to influence public policy, as well as taking meetings with politicians and policy-makers on their turf (city hall or office buildings, for example) and marching, picketing, and sitting-in as some of the primary means of achieving activist goals are unmatched techniques. As one text in the activist literature (ironically a text from the McCaughey and Ayers strain!) summed up a good deal of the impetus behind Brown thinking and action, “The only things more consequential than getting arrested and jailed for what one believes are taking a serious beating or dying for it” (Elin 97).

Because thistimeitsforever.org is based mostly online and in digital technologies as methods of carrying out my activist goals for it, it relies more heavily on the Gerbaudo and McCaughey and Ayers Schools than on the Brown one. Still it pays a not insignificant amount of attention to the Brown school as it is the parent of the Gerbaudo and McCaughey and Ayers schools, rebellious as its children sometimes are. Also, my leaning going into an investigation of the thinking on online activism was and remains still an allegiance to the Gerbaudo school

The theory and practice undergirding Gerbaudo and McCaughey and Ayers schools of activist literature originate in the advent and spread of digital technologies as spaces of interaction, tools of communication, and as means of performing a host of both symbolic and physical human behaviors. Gerbaudo school activist literature contains both utopian and dystopian intellectual influences on their view of the role of digital technologies in our lives and activism. And as I mentioned earlier, McCaughey and Ayers school activist literature expresses a tangible urge for wholly original methods of activism based on the affordances of digital technology, with a still-tenuous way of theorizing about and acting out how these might happen. Paradoxically, both the Gerbaudo and McCaughey and Ayers schools do pay attention to and value face-to-face activism as well as digital activism. Sometimes they even imbue with increased, novelty-based value given the overall decrease in face-to-face interaction caused by our use of the Internet.

Brown school activist literature, as I mention above, finds its theoretical inspiration and recommendations for activist behavior in pre-digital world history. Michael Jacoby Brown’s text, Building Powerful Community Organizations: a Personal Guide to Creating Groups That Can Solve Problems and Save the World, is emblematic of this and other characteristics of Brown school literature. Brown’s grandparents and many other family members were murdered in the Holocaust, Brown’s living relatives also included survivors of some the Holocaust’s most notorious and horrific manifestations, such as the Warsaw ghetto. These realities, which his parents informed him of early on in his life, filled Brown with an anger at social injustice that he says led him to a life spent (and still being spent) creating and running his own activist organizations and guiding others in doing the same for themselves. He came of age when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., taking cues from the non-violent protest advocated and partaken of by Mahatma Gandhi in India, led the struggle in the United States that sought civil rights for African-Americans, and when early feminist leaders began doing the same in seeking equitable treatment of women in United States culture.

Brown posits that there are two primary and necessary foundational aspects of an activist organization: to build the organization itself and to nurture, within its membership, other leaders (Brown 10). While he advises minimum numbers of core groups of committed members, he says activist organizations must involve the people whom their actions intend to affect, otherwise they stand little chance at survival, as humans are motivated a) by self-interest and b) the need to feel needed. He advises any organization’s leaders to nurture other leaders within its member pool, because members will not stay long in an organization in which they feel little agency or need for their presence. As such, his book contains both the why (theory) and how (advice) that an activist organization must follow if it wishes to see its goals realized. It is peppered with exercises for the reader to undertake in building his/her own activist organization, “Quick Tips” that succinctly summarize the book’s main points, and stories that illustrate his arguments about activism.

Building Powerful Community Organizations begins by considering why activist organizations exist. One reason is that people crave community, and if an activist organization can provide this, alongside working toward solving the problems it identifies, which ostensibly the members of an organization will benefit from, Brown sees the organization as highly likely to succeed, perhaps even after it has met the goals that originally found it.

The knowledge I gained from Brown’s text made possible vital parts of TTIF. First, it showed me the importance building and maintaining a sense of community in an activist organization as crucial to gaining and sustaining members. Second, it introduced me to the idea that activist organizations must draw in members by showing them the organization addresses problems that matter to them, otherwise they will have little desire or need to join the fold. And third, it exposed me the concept of assigning each member of an activist organization roles necessary to keep the organization running, thereby assuring these members know the matter to the organization and can be nurtured into leadership roles the more responsibility they are given and supported in.

By Akbi Khan

Edited by Akbi Khan

Original Monday Blog: What is Activism?

What Is Activism?

Editor’s Note: the following is an excerpt from a Master’s thesis I completed at Colorado State University in May of 2015. For that project, I researched soaps, online activism, and their juncture in the Save Our Soaps (SOS) movement. In the introductory section that follows, I define activism as it pertains to the SOS group I created for the project, thistimeitsforever.org. Prior to this section, I mention that I will rely on three texts on activism in defining activism: Building Powerful Community Organizations by Michael Jacoby Brown; Tweets and the Streets, by Paolo Gerbaudo; and Cyberactivism by Martha McCaughey and Michael D. Ayers. Though I reference and use other texts in the document and the creation of my own SOS group, these three texts ground and found my thinking on online activism. 


Activism by Alice Walker

Image courtesy of zcomm.org

As I approach it in the following overview of these texts, I define “activism” as the focusing of behavior in the interest of accomplishing goals related to a specific issue facing a culture, whether this culture is as strictly defined as a neighborhood or, in the case of saving the soap opera, the world over. The theory behind and practice of activism have undergone great changes since the advent of the Internet and World Wide Web, and since these and other digital technologies (e.g., smartphones, apps, multiple digital devices tethered to each other, etc.) have woven themselves into the fabric of virtually every aspect of our lives. For activism, this has meant the birth of new ways of engaging in activism and the refocusing of activists’ view of their tools to online spaces. The Brown School sees the Internet as an ancillary tool in activism and sees the no need for change in its view of the place of face-to-face activism in the overall activist endeavor. The Gerbaudo School sees a central role for online spaces in activism, but always in pursuit of face-to-face action. And finally, the McCaughey and Ayers School sees digital arenas as home to wholly new and promising activist behavior.

If we think of activism as having begun the first time a human being attempted to convince his/her fellow human being to take a certain action, which I

do, then perhaps we would say nothing but the means and modes of delivering rhetorical discourse, that which seeks to persuade others (and I see all discourse as persuasive, because it has “designs on the recipient” of it, as rhetorician Jeanne Fahnestock has said), have changed. In fact, the Brown school literature on activism does express this belief. But the Gerbaudo and McCaughey and Ayers Schools see the situation as more complex and nuanced.

My suspicion upon beginning reading the literature on activism, similarly, was that I would find that because activism’s intent is the same as it always was, and “only” the technologies of accessing and distributing information have morphed over time, the literature would reflect an essentially unchanged theory and practice of activism. I suspected that digital technology would be given attention in the literature, but as simply some of many means to activism’s ends.

Not so. To be sure, activism has retained certain features over the decades, features that inform or are mentioned explicitly in all the literature that covers it. But the passage of time and all that entails have atrophied certain aspects of activism while adding others. The Brown school sees the Internet as one of many means of distributing information on activist initiatives—a useful component in activism, but not one essential to its character. The Gerbaudo school looks at the Internet as game-changing in the realm of activism. It sees the Internet as having altered what is attempted in the pursuit of activism, how it changes where activists gather, its potential to add to the number and power of activists —but it still holds face-to-face interaction as the raison d’etre of all activism. Finally, the McCaughey and Ayers school on activist thinking includes a palpable belief that activism can be conducted in wholly new ways.


Stay tuned for more on soaps and online activism. Who knows–you might be inspired to create your own SOS group, as I did!

By Akbi Khan

Edited by Akbi Khan

 

© Copyright Akbi Khan 2015

Monday Original Blog; April 25, 2016: When I Got Fed Up, and Decided to Join the SOS Movement

Editor’s Note: The following excerpt is taken from a Master’s thesis I completed at Colorado State University for which I created my own Save Our Soaps (SOS) group, which you can find at thistimeitsforever.org. In this section this excerpt is taken from, I talk about learning of the second cancellations of All My Children (AMC) and One Life to Live (OLTL). This knowledge got me actively involved in the SOS movement, and I remain so today.


 

angerwoman

Pic Courtesy of susnarinderle.com

Like many fans of the canceled ABC soaps, I had a powerful and visceral reaction to this. When I saw the headline on Soap Opera Digest in the grocery store announcing TOLN’s cancellation decision, I had my first “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” moment a la the feature film Network. My basket of groceries dropped, and as I picked up the issue of Soap Opera Digest stacked next to the checkout register, so did my jaw. I was literally speechless as I read the brief article inside detailing the reasons for and time frame of the cancellation of two of the three soap operas that I had watched for 23 years. I still did and do watch “General Hospital,” and I had watched “Loving,” another ABC soap, as well for the 12 years it aired on ABC.

As I sat in the cab on my way home from the grocery store, I decided this cancellation would not see me rely solely on others to save my soaps. I would not, this time, plan on going to the face-to-face protest at the Baltimore ABC affiliate closest to my suburban Maryland home but then back out at the last minute because of apathy and the naive hope that things would just go my way.

But this time would be different. Learning that the online versions of AMC and OLTL had been canceled stung badly. When Prospect Park decided to resurrect them online, it felt like–as happens so often on soaps, actually!–a deceased loved one had returned from the dead. It filled me with joy, peace, excitement, and hope.

Over the past 28 years of watching them, soaps had come to serve so many important roles in my life—entertainment, psychological support, comfort, feelings of actual friendship for and love of characters, belonging to a culture of fellow soap lovers. Perhaps this partially explained my somewhat melodramatic reaction to their cancelation.

I entered my apartment in Fort Colins, where I was living now, and began frantically messaging people, my fingers dashing across my laptop keyboard, who were administrators of SOS groups on Facebook—“Did you hear All My Children and One Life To Live are being canceled again? I am not going to let this happen without a fight. Can I have your e-mail, so I can talk to you about getting more involved?” A woman named Tessa Kendall McKenzie, responded.

Tessa had started and was director of a public access talk show airing in Brooklyn called, “Let’s Talk About Soaps” (LTAS) when ABC/Disney announced its cancelation of the broadcast versions of the All My Children and One Life To Live. She eventually started a Website augmenting that public access show. The Website had (and has) a blog. Running all of these things according to the high standards Tessa does everything with would be difficult for anyone, and it was for Tessa too. So when I contacted her, she was thrilled. Based on my being a writer and studying rhetoric and composition, she asked me if I would like to be Editor-in-Chief of LTAS’s blog and Head of Social Media Accounts for LTAS. I responded with an overjoyed and eager, “Yes!” (via e-mail). I still hold both positions today.

 

By Akbi Khan

Edited by Akbi Khan

 

© Copyright Akbi Khan 2014

Monday Original Blog 4/18/16: Online Activism–Why Is It Special?

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a Master’s project I did on soap operas, online activism, and their juncture in the Save Our Soaps (SOS) movement. Here, I list the reasons Manuel Castells, a scholar on online/activism, says it is distinct–and powerful! Use this info to think about starting your own SOS group (I did for this this Master’s project at thistimeitsforever.org)! If you want more info, also, it will probably be posted here in future Monday Original Blogs. Or you could email me at akbikhan@gmail.com


Online activist movements:

activism

Image Courtesy of tnh.me

  1. “They are networked in multiple forms.” Online activism involves both online and face-to-face networking. For TTIF this meant, again, that the website thistimeitsforever.org is crucial, but using it to initiate face-to-face interaction is as well.
  2. “They become a movements by occupying the urban space.” TTIF hasn’t as yet but will gather people together in face-to-face activist instances, such as a protest or a rally. These spaces will likely be urban, as most network headquarters or advertising companies’ headquarters, are in urban spaces.
  3. “The space of autonomy is the new spatial form of networked social movements.” Castells essentially reiterates Gerbaudo’s belief that online activist initiatives involve “soft” rather than “hard” leadership, recognizing the sovereignty of each activist that joins a movement. In TTIF’s case this meant requesting individuals to like its Facebook page and follow it on Twitter, but not to demand anything of them anything for membership—no fees, information cards, set of beliefs, etc. TTIF may in the future ask for donations and fundraise if need be, but I do not see these as violating Castells identification of what constitutes contemporary online activism. TTIF fundraising would never be coercive or requisite. It might take the form of crowdsourcing, wherein TTIF would establish a fundraising goal for a specific reason and use a website like kickstarter.com to provide a space for people to donate money to reach the goal.
  4. “Movements are local and global at the same time.” While online activist movements often commence in response to particular events in particular spaces, because of the reach and electronically networked nature of the Internet they involve activists from around the world. They also teach and learn from activists and activist initiatives in global contexts. For TTIF this meant two things. First, saving soaps has no central location that it takes place in. This physical dispersal makes it particularly important to keep members united through building an online community that meets in public as well, which TTIF has not yet but will do. Second, it was a reminder to involve the international audience of fans of U.S. soaps, which is large and vociferous. It will eventually mean, as I continue to develop TTIF as an activist movement, linking to international SOS and general soap fan websites to harness the power of global community.
  5. “In terms of their genesis, they are spontaneous in their origin, usually triggered by a spark of indignation.” Here again Castells agrees with Gerbaudo that, as Gerbaudo writes, online activism must “trigger and harness emotion” through the use of online spaces and tools. Hence I use TTIF’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and the blog attached to and linked from it to continually remind soap fans why and how they must act or risk losing their soaps and the soap genre as a whole. And TTIF certainly grew out of a “spark of indignation,” the cancelation of Loving in 1995, the cancelation in 2009 of Another World, As the World Turns, and Guiding Light, and the more recent cancelation of both the broadcast and online iterations of All My Children and One Life to Live. Certainly I took a while (until 2014) to decide to act based on my “spark,” but these cancelations eventually made me indignant enough to decide to create my own soap opera advocacy group.
  6. “Movements are viral.” This simple statement reminded me as I created TTIF and will serve as an ongoing reminder that getting TTIF’s identity and requested activist actions out on as many online space by liking and posting to other SOS groups’ Facebok pages, tagging other SOS groups and soap fans in Tweets, following other SOS groups on Instagram, blogging consistently ever Wednesday (the day I chose to write an original post on the blog connected to TTIF) are vital to spreading its activist message about saving soaps and the soap genre.
  7. “The transition from outrage to hope is accomplished by deliberation in the space of autonomy.” I see TTIF as part of a broader, leaderless movement in which agreement on goals and the means to accomplishing them comes from interacting in online spaces with other SOS groups and individual soap fans. TTIF does not seek to be the chairperson of the SOS movement, but to work within it to see its goals come to fruition.
  8. “The horizontality of networks supports cooperation and solidarity, while undermining the need for formal leadership.” Again, Castells echoes Gerbaudo in seeing online activism as resistant to a “head” of a movement. Rather, TTIF as an online activist campaign works in conjunction with other SOS group initiators and soap fans to realize the goal of resurrecting and preserving individual soap operas and protecting the soap genre.
  9. “They are highly self-reflective movements.” For TTIF, in following this Castellian dictum, I will continually reevaluate why and how TTIF functions. I have and will deliberate with other SOS leaders and individual soap fans in deciding what courses of action to take and not take in preserving soaps and the soap genre.
  10. 10. “These movements are rarely programmatic movements.” Here Castells means that contemporary activist movement usually have “multiple demands.” The SOS movements and TTIF are no different. We want multiple soaps back on the air, for example.

By Akbi Khan

Edited by Akbi Khan

 

© Copyright Akbi Khan 2015

Monday Original Blog: Refuting Common Criticisms of Soaps IV–Soaps are Not Soft-Core Pornography

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a project I did in completion of my Master’s degree in rhetoric and composition at Colorado State University in 2015. For that project I researched soaps and online activism and their juncture in the Save Our Soaps movement. In the section this excerpt is taken from, I argue against some faulty judgments leveled against soap operas and the soap medium. See if you agree! As always, please comment, discuss, and share! 

——

Refuting Common Criticisms of Soaps IV: Soaps Are Not Soft-Core Pornography

SoftCorePorn

People often inaccurately and bizarrely accuse soaps of being soft-core pornography. First, individual soaps vary in how often and for how long they show love scenes, so a blanket statement about soaps and sex is wrong off the bat. Second, soaps are not gratuitous in their inclusion of love scenes. They may go on a little long at timees, sure, but they are always a part of a story/characters’ lives. And they are more an expression of two characters’ love for each other, rather than two random people going at it in a bathroom at a club. The term “making love” is one that is truly the apt term in this case, as euphemistic as it may be in others.

When One Life To Live became the first show on television to have a regular gay character whose portrayer had a multi-year contract at the show, also, it would have been offensive and wrong not to show him engaged in love scenes, for doing so was part of the work the inclusion of a gay character accomplished—exposing people to gay sexuality and love. Soap characters need love lives, because they represent us, we flesh and blood people, and we have love lives.

I hope our culture can move past childish, Puritanical accusations of “soaps are pornography,” and accept that sex will be part of a show from time to time, given that those it reflects have sex from time to time! Also, those who offer prudish outcries about the supposed prevalence of sex on soaps should simply know that soaps are rated, like all television shows are now, based on even more measures than films are, and they can find these ratings in any format soaps are shown, perhaps aside from bootleg airings, which soap creators have no control over. Soaps make it easy for the viewer to discern a show or episode’s appropriateness for certain audiences, such as children.

By Akbi Khan

Edited by Akbi Khan