Hey, have you heard about the Occupy Wall Street thingy? Probably you have, despite the “mainstream media blackout.” (As noted by people, including me, the media have been covering the shit out of the protest.) Basically, a bunch of people are sitting/sleeping/”consensus building” in a piece…
VICE’s Harry Cheadle wrote a great, really well-reasoned critic of #OccupyWallStreet.
A bunch of arrests over the weekend by cops reportedly bent on macing, tasering, and penning demonstrators rocked the ongoing occupation of Wall Street by a fractured core of anti-corporatocracy activists. They were no closer to getting the government to institute more financial reform, repeal Citizens United, or reinstate the capital gains tax (or eliminate the corporate right to be persons, or forgive student loan debt), but the physicality of the thing did manage to counteract a heretofore impression of superficiality, hypocrisy, and hippie-dom. It also got the media to acknowledge that the protesters exist. Suddenly, for a moment, #occupywallstreet felt real.
The occupation, which was initially spurred by a loose alliance between Adbusters and the decentralized hacktivist collective Anonymous, has entered its second week, and the recent flare ups mark a dramatic shift in what’s been an otherwise placid, sleepy protest. NPR reports nearly 80 arrests on Saturday as demonstrators who’d been staked out near the New York Stock Exchange peaceably marched through lower Manhattan toward Union Square. Occupywallst.org, home to a “leaderless resistance movement” that’s compiling real-time reports, images, and videos from the ground, claims the National Lawyer’s Guild “puts the number around 100.”
Read the rest at Motherboard.tv