Mock awards usually refer to awards that are given in an area as the worst of something. This is a form of satire and in this case used towards a nonviolent action and/or protest. When practicing Nonviolent protesting and other forms of nonviolent action, it is certainly going to be most effective to practice as many types of nonviolent action possible, making mock awards a great alternative and even fun way of expressing ones self. When creating a mock award it is best to be as sarcastic as possible, this is a great way to get the media’s attention. Another tool when attempting to attract the media’s attention is comedy. By doing so, one is taking advantage of an even greater form of protest and action, the media, as this will spread the photo, thought, or slogan much quicker than most methods.
Mock awards would have to be specific for the categories in which they are pertaining to. If a mock award is being created for politics, then the mock award should be given to the politician for something that they have in-fact been terrible at, such is the art of satire and comedy. Increasing the comical nature of the mock award’s slogan, subject and topic of discussion will only grant the argument not only a larger crowd but more merit. These are some key points that must be taken into consideration in order for one’s mock award to be an effective type of nonviolent action and/or protest.
Things to consider when creating a mock award are asking,”What can I do to get my point across?”, “What will allow my argument to be taken into consideration by a larger group of people?” and “What makes this argument so much more important than the other points?” Thinking about these things before it comes time to create the award is going to make it stand out among the others and therefore give it a larger audience. One of the reasons why this is so possible is because an idea spreads based off of how many people like it, how true it really is, and what actually gets people thinking about the topic being discussed. Some other things to consider also include, “What gets people thinking?” People don’t always know that there is something wrong, people also don’t always know whether or not they should be thinking if there is something wrong. In order to combat this, show people the facts that will get them researching for themselves, statistics have merit.
One of the best examples of this type of nonviolent action is John Lennon and Yoko’s signs they put up that said, in large capital letters, “War is Over” and then towards the bottom it said in parentheses, “If you want it to be.”
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