Considerations and Conversations in the Neighborhood of Protest

  • Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill


In this chapter, the text concludes with commentary on the analyses, presented in Chapters 3–6, of the performatives of protest in regard to their differing ways of fulfilling the renovated felicity conditions, introduced in Chapter 2. The analyses are compared and contrasted regarding their fulfillment of the presuppositional conditions regarding convention, circumstance, words, persons, effects, and positionings, as well as the aspirational conditions of thoughts, intention, risk, commitment, and subsequent actions. Questions of identity in terms of convocativity as well as how these speech acts attain pragmatic legitimacy through the fulfillment of the felicity conditions are also reviewed. The book closes with a consideration of questions concerning the relationship between emerging technologies and protest. These questions include: Is it possible now to have a meta-narrative of grassroots activism? What does Marshal McLuhan’s dictum, “The medium is the message” mean today? What are the emerging relationships between physical public space and virtual public space? What are the dark sides of the burgeoning use of social media in an era of increased state surveillance of those same media?

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English and Communication StudiesSt. Mary’s University, TexasSan AntonioUSA

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