If you’re Matthew Giles, an NYU grad student studying in the Media, Culture and Communications department, then the answer has a few components.
1. Try and get your arrest record through a variety of ways.
2. Try and get disassociated from a group of protesters whose members were arrested on the same night.
Giles went to St. Louis and into Ferguson on August 14 with another student to talk with protesters and journalists.
“My focus was specifically on my Master’s thesis, which looks at media spectacle and the differences in each individual’s lived experiences vs. what comes up on national media,” he wrote in an email. (We also spoke on the phone.)
Giles got to know all of that for himself pretty well in Ferguson.
On Sunday, August 17th, he was arrested around 9 p.m.… Read more