Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
Part VI: Guerilla theatre: puppet play: newsman--the fourth estate, pp. -414 PDF (3.3 MB)
arrest. I order you to disperse. However, since you are all under arrest, dispersing constitutes resisting arrest, and ... oh, the hell with it. All right you hairy anarchist commy jewlickers, you've had it. (HITS REPORTER) REPORTER: But I'm a working reporter. Don't you know freedom of the press? The 4th Estate! I tell your side too! Would you like to be interviewed? COP: Go park yer bicycle straight, ya pink panther. (HITS HIM AGAIN) (TURNS TO STUDENT) OK agitator now it's yer turn. I'm gonna mace you like a cockroach, you hippy bastard. (CHASES STUDENT OFF) REPORTER: But, but but, but . . . This is my JOB. Jesus Christ, all I want is enough money to drop outa the rat race, maybe start a little commune or something. I'm a responsible Reporter. I'm not on strike, I'm not trying to change anything. Ow. Ow. Ow. STUDENT: (RUNS BACK) I lost him, man, he musta smelt some truffles. You okay? REPORTER: That stinking pig! Does he think his boss won't get a letter from AP? Yeah, and UP too, and REUTERS. And Walter Cronkite, Goddamit! I ain't no communist, I ain't no hippy, I pull down 240 a day for this work, he'll find out. STUDENT: You make 240 dollars a day? REPORTER: Goddam right, overtime plus hazardous duty plus riot pay. I don't hafta be out here taking this crap. I could be downtown behind a cushy desk with my name on it. The hell with that pig, he'll find out, wait'll I tell my station manager. He can't do this to the 4th Estate. STUDENT: Well, how about delivering our message to the public? 414 Think they're ready for it? REPORTER: Today? Forget it sonny. Today the Big Story reads like this: COP ASSAULTS REPORTER, no wait. COPS beat the Press, that's it. Yeah, beat the press, they'll never live it down. STUDENT: What about the strike? What about all of us? REPORTER: I'll have that cop on a lineup, by God, I'll have his job inside of a week, or he's gonna have to do some fast apologizing. COPS Beat the Press, Yeah that's it. (EXITS) STUDENT: Up your Media 4th Estate! This strike isn't transistors, this strike is people. The next time you parasites come around you can share some of that Riot Pay with us. This strike is not what you see on TV. This strike is not the pictures of it in the paper, or the anecdotes Herb Caen gets out of it. This strike is the people right here. And whatever we have to do to get the pigs off campus and the cowboy politicians off our backs. We want the campus open! Not open like the jaws of the trap, but really open. And it won't be really open until it belongs to us.