POA Participant-Observer Quest

Being a participant-observer in a project can get complicated, sometimes confusing, because you’re acting, observing your own experience in the action and reflecting on the reality of the action, all at the same time. This is, in reality, something we all do, but mostly we are unaware of it. Being a participant-observer means consciously including ourselves in our own analysis and writing from that meta focus.  

Having set ourselves this approach, it’s important to check in on the personal level and see what that’s like. After all, we have the fullest access to our own experience. We need to check to make sure we’re not unawarely doing things that aren’t good for our project or ourselves. Falling into holes or tripping over obstacles. You could say that self-reflection is a very important part of self-protection, both collectively and individually.
Also, it is interesting, important and fun to notice what we’re doing as we go along. And to think of it as a journey with milestones and destinations.
The posts in this category have to do with our individual experience in creating and launching Protect Our Activists.

Our favorite fiction is full of police and superheroes. And activists?? Not so much. Let’s seek out stories with activists, the courageous first responders against injustice! And let’s look into why there aren’t more of them.

We’ll ask why activists–when they do appear–are so often shown as unappealing stereotypes, not real people.

Does this matter? If so, what can we do about it?

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The POA Fiction Featuring Activists List is a compilation of works of fiction in which activists and activism play a significant role. Use this form to:

  • Share info for books, movies, TV shows and narrative games with activist characters and stories.
  • Review fiction with a focus on how fully and fairly it portrays activists, using Protect Our Activists’ FFA Test.
  • Nominate a work of fiction featuring activists for our 10 Best and 10 Most In Need Of Improvement Awards!