While reading this I was immediately able to notice the main difference between a tactical performance and a participatory documentary. It seems like a tactical performance is one that draws attention from an audience, in forms such as a musical, parody, or comedy. A participatory documentary is when you discuss about a community and topic that you are immersed in. Tactical performances are always non-violent and rather intriguing usually meant to protest or get a point across. This type of protest is much more interesting and exciting. It can be comical and offer relief for people that are uncomfortable about the topic. In class we watched a video about the work force and it was interesting to see how some people were shaking their head no thinking that it was inappropriate, but then there were others that had no issues joining in on the song and dance. It definitely could go two different ways, but I feel like it’s much more organized than a sit-in protest. Sit-in’s can often get very violent and shut down quickly so the point isn’t even crossed.
This leads into what Bogad had said to describe the performance – “disciplined mass performance for progressive social change.” Sometimes protests where you walk around and shout and scream things can be the opposite of disciplined. It’s often not the case that everyone in the protest had spoken about what exactly they’re going to scream or the point they’re trying to cross. Whereas, in a tactical performance, everything was previously planned and thought out.
Bogad talks about symbols and how important it is to use them during a tactical performance. Often times we forget that not everyone speaks the same language or has the ability to understand what we’re saying. However, with the use of symbols, we’re able to connect people from different background for the same purpose. It’s also a nice visual aid when referring to something or drawing something on a poster.
The way that Bogad explained tactical performances made it seem like it was on the rise, but very recently. I can see how this could be so successful especially with human’s short attention span these days. It doesn’t seem like we would be able to sit through a documentary as easily as we would be able to watch a music video. The use of symbols facilitates connections in our brains and from the examples that Bogad had provided, it seems like this is something that could be a newer way to communicate information.