Why Radical Democracy? #2 | The kind of change we demand

What does Doc Next Network want to achieve through the Radical Democracy Video Challenge? Why do we think it is relevant? Enes Uysal from Istanbul-based MODE gives his take:

For the past couple of years the world has seen an increasing number of people protesting for their basic rights, showing discontent for the ruling system and demanding change – right now. People have realised that big changes require big actions and it’s never too late to act. This is true for Europe as well: whether it’s in the east, west or at the fringes of Europe, we see many citizens protesting and demanding change. And maybe with more hope than ever, because they think they are close to attaining what they demand.

‘When I look at the social consequences of the Gezi protests, I see that the perception of democracy in Turkey is also changing.’

Globally and locally we are witnessing a turning point in peoples’ mentality and perception and their way of expressing their opinions – even though I personally do not see that governments across the world really get it. I have witnessed the Gezi protests in Turkey and much like elsewhere, I see that there is no going back in the political discourse, back to the previous, confined way of thinking and expressing ourselves. The core perceptions around what governments stand for, I believe, have changed. When I look at the social consequences of the Gezi protests, I see that the perception of democracy in Turkey is also changing. The 2014 Turkish local elections took place at the end of March and I think many people now realize that democracy is not just about ballots, and it does not suffice for the ruling body to be elected by the majority…

The prevailing notions of democracy are now being questioned and a new understanding is on the rise… People that are not necessarily a part of one group or another, or who are not even a part of the “majority”, demand that their voices are heard… that they are part of the public discourse… that they are represented…

‘When I think about the concept of Radical Democracy, this is what I understand by it. New forms of expressions, new ways of representation…’

Elections aren’t the only way to represent ourselves. Nowadays we have so many other means to our disposal to which we have much easier access than to the ‘parliament’ itself. These mediums range from tweeting to creating videos, from individual street performances to other forms of art… So when I think about the concept of Radical Democracy, this is what I understand by it. New forms of expressions, new ways of representation…

I see the ‘Radical Democracy Video Challenge’ as a new form of ‘parliament’ or ‘forum’. A forum of media makers, social activists/agents, critical thinkers… A forum of people who represent their own ideas, and participate in the discourse to give hints about the kind of change they demand… the kind of change we demand…


//26.04.2014 13:30

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