I have heard the words protest, demonstration, and revolution used interchangeably since the the beginning of the OWS movement, that I have gotten the definitions of the words confused. While they seem like synonyms, each word has its own meaning and context, so I have decided to post a quick definition of each, just to clear the terms up.
- Protest — A protest is a way to express an objections with any event, situation, or policy. These objections can be manifested either by actions or by words.
- Demonstration — A demonstration is a large group of people, usually gathering for a political cause. It usually includes a group march, ending with a rally or a speaker. A demonstration is similar to a protest in that they both can use the same or similar methods to achieve goals. However, demonstrations tend to be more abrasive and spontaneous, whereas protests tend to be more organized.
- Revolution — A revolution is a major change in the power structure and takes place in a short amount of time. Most revolutions are violent and tend to focus on cultural, political, and economic issues.
I will be posting later in the week a more analytic response about the differences between the Bolshevik Revolution and the OWS protests.
Feel free to offer up any suggestions or comments.