The Gentrification of Greenpeace
Nov-23-08 11:58 am
The New York Times reports an interesting change in the tactics of Greenpeace. Mark McDonald writes that even as the Sam Shepard Conservation Society is getting ready to send the Steve Irwin to "track" Japanese whalers,"[f]or the first time in four years, Greenpeace is not sending a ship to help harass the whalers." McDonald explains:
Not surprisingly, the Times notes,
Very interesting. I hope that Greenpeace is more effective with this new approach.
But the change also says something about the cultural identity of Greenpeace. Is the organization becoming more "conservative" in its approach? Perhaps this would not be unusual development. An organization may begin with a relatively radical agenda and radical tactics, but if it lasts well beyond its initial creation, it may find that it becomes a part of the "established order." As that happens, it may find that established methods of diplomatic and legal interaction are more effective. If I were a game theorist, I might say that the organiztion realizes that its interactions with its intended "target" are part of an iterative game, and that you tend to succeed in an iternative game when you play (for the most part) by established rules.
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