Street2Web in New Zealand!
Jim Bagnall, National Director of Project Reunion (helping reunite children with their fathers), Founder of Union of Fathers and Trustee of North Shore Men's Centre and Julie Whitehouse, founder and trustee of Auckland Single Parent's Trust as well as other New Zealand activists will be distributing informational brochures at four Universities in and around Auckland. Their goal is to reach both male and female students who are supportive of men, and female students who are doing gender studies - hoping to awaken all of these groups to what is happening in their country regarding men's issues.
Between Monday, 27 August and Friday, 31 August, 2000 booklets will be distributed to students at these targeted institutions. This is both a promotion for MGTOW, and an effort to persuade New Zealand young people to vote carefully in next year's elections.
Several Men's Rights sites (including the Counter-Feminist!) have been listed in these booklets and the booklets themselves summarize the cold hard facts that many MRA sites contain. In fact all information was gathered from these sites based upon the suggestions of MRA members. The NZ activist coalition is hoping that members of the online MRA community will be accomodating and willing to share their wisdom.
Did you catch that last bit? This means that in the next 2 or 3 weeks male-friendly webmasters and bloggers might notice a spike of web traffic thanks to those 2000 booklets that are being distributed in New Zealand! And thereafter, a continuing ripple effect when word-of-mouth on the street swings into action.
I am told that more printings and distributions are planned for the future, so . . . hold onto your hats!
Now, some of you crafty MRA theorists will immediately cotton onto the larger implications of this. It is far more that just a cool activism project: it is a landmark development and at least potentially the beginning of a powerful trend that could turbocharge the Movement! I say "at least potentially", since the future is not etched in stone and much depends on what you, I, or any combination of all of us decides to do with this kind of power.
Many of us online types have bemoaned our confinement to the cyberspace ghetto, but I consider that a naive brand of tunnel-vision which misses the full complexity of what is happening in the Movement at large. Still, the feeling is based upon a kernel of correct understanding: that energy confined purely to cyberspace is frustratingly limited as per demographic reach and range of operations.
The project in New Zealand creates a pipeline running from the offline physical world (the street) to the worldwide web. The flow of energy is street-to-web. It is not street-to-street. It is not web-to-street. Above all, it is not the tired old web-to-web that we know so well.
No, it is street-to-web.
Or even better: Street2Web.
(Hey, that looks right cool and jazzy, doesn't it?)
Yes, the street and the web are separate domains, governed by separate principles and yielding separate powers. However, it is good to combine these domains, these principles, these powers!
And as you can see, there are two ways to work web and street in tandem. One is to PUSH people from the web to the street. The other is to PULL people from the street to the web.
These are profoundly different modalities which yield profoundly different effects, and we ought to use them BOTH. We ought to combine them, for by means of such combination we shall arrive at a multiplication of our torque which is at once symbiotic and synergistic.
The power of street2web is not understood by most MRAs. Nor is it understood by them, that when you pull web traffic from the street it is a fundamentally and qualitatively different process than when you pull it from elsewhere on the web. This lack of understanding needs to be remedied.
I haven't explained this one tenth as well as I wanted to explain it, but I know that the Movement contains plenty of smart people who will instantly catch my drift and take up the slack. A word to the wise is plenty, and I know that the wise among you are plentiful.
**Post Corrigendum: I have temporarily removed the PDF link that I had originally posted here - reason being, that the designers wish to make some corrections to the brochure. I will post a link to the corrected version as soon as they upload it to their server.