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Think Occupy Wall St. is a Phase? You Don't Get It
By Douglas Rushkoff, Special to CNN
updated 1:09 PM EST, Wed October 5, 2011
(CNN) -- Like the spokesmen for Arab dictators feigning bewilderment over protesters' demands, mainstream television news reporters finally training their attention on the growing Occupy Wall Street protest movement seem determined to cast it as the random, silly blather of an ungrateful and lazy generation of weirdos. They couldn't be more wrong and, as time will tell, may eventually be forced to accept the inevitability of their own obsolescence.
Consider how CNN anchor Erin Burnett, covered the goings on at Zuccotti Park downtown, where the protesters are encamped, in a segment called "Seriously?!" "What are they protesting?" she asked, "nobody seems to know." Like Jay Leno testing random mall patrons on American History, the main objective seemed to be to prove that the protesters didn't, for example, know that the U.S. government has been reimbursed for the bank bailouts. It was condescending and reductionist.
More predictably perhaps, a Fox News reporter appears flummoxed in this outtake from "On the Record," in which the respondent refuses to explain how he wants the protests to "end." Transcending the shallow partisan politics of the moment, the protester explains "As far as seeing it end, I wouldn't like to see it end. I would like to see the conversation continue."
Originally posted by whaaa
Now that this movement has grown so large the MSM can't ignore it. And now this movement will grow even larger!
Youtube and other social media is now the way information is passed. The genie is out of the bottle and the www has now replaced the slanted, propaganda that the msm tries to promote in favor of the corporate elite.
My crew and I have been documenting this movement since it started from just less than 100 folks protesting; now it is thousands here in NM. The attacks of "union thugs and hippies" just don't fly anymore. I am seeing an increasing amount of TPM members helping spread the message.
It's a brave new world.edit on 5-10-2011 by whaaa because: (no reason given)
It is not like a book; it is like the Internet.
Occupy Wall Street is meant more as a way of life that spreads through contagion, creates as many questions as it answers, aims to force a reconsideration of the way the nation does business and offers hope to those of us who previously felt alone in our belief that the current economic system is broken.
The members of Occupy Wall Street may be as unwieldy, paradoxical, and inconsistent as those of us living in the real world. But that is precisely why their new approach to protest is more applicable, sustainable and actionable than what passes for politics today. They are suggesting that the fiscal operating system on which we are attempting to run our economy is no longer appropriate to the task. They mean to show that there is an inappropriate and correctable disconnect between the abundance America produces and the scarcity its markets manufacture.
Originally posted by TheLoony
reply to post by hadriana
I also don't understand the left wing rhetoric. Interesting clip here from The Daily Show, Stewart kinda rips the media for it's portrayal of it all. Great piece in there of Hannity and how hypocritical he is.
I actually know nothing. The "protests" here are a few people walking with signs in front of a casino. Pretty stupid if you ask me. The media tells me one thing, ok, then I come to ATS and it, of course, get's much murkier. Where OWS came from, who started it, who's supporting it, etc. I don't know.
It only took a couple of months before the Tea Party became a joke IMO. I was going to go out and do something, then Hannity et al. jumped in on it and I bailed. Sure can't trust our MSM to give us anything resembling the truth, so figure they are lying through their teeth and the opposite of whatever they say is true.
Seems like a bunch of people that are pissed about a boatload of things and trying to do a sit-in, to me. Why it's called a left-wing thing, I am in the dark.
Originally posted by Vikus
Why is everyone talking about this "Occupy Wall Street" being a revolution?
If this were a revolution, people would be also protesting against Obama and the Federal Reserve, two entities that are interlocked with Wall Street, large multinational corporations, and corporate cronyism (GE and Solyndra).
Yet there are more protesters asking for more government intervention which, as history proves means more protections for Wall Street and GE types. Now with the unions joining in, I wonder what the protesters are protesting for?
Sorry guys but the Tea Party isn't the only movement that got hijacked....