The occupy wall street movement has spread across the world – from the marching in the streets of europe to the tents on the lawn of my hometown’s city hall. One measurement I use to determine the newsworthiness and social importance of an issue is based on the lack of visibility said issue has in mainstream media (i won’t flatter the Hearstian, deep-pocketed, idea and mind-controlling media organizations by calling it “the news”). The fact that the wall street movement has so much support from the general public and that the mainstream media Case in point: CNN.com has taken no steps to identify the true issues behind the movement, and currently has nothing on their front page that mentions the movement, but does find this headline worthy of the international community: “Jennifer Lopez breaks down on stage“. Thanks for that.
So what’s going on…what is really motivating this movement? Is it income inequality? (what does that mean, and what is the extent of income inequality?) Is it a result of the global recession not having any apparent solution or turn-around on the horizon? Is it a result of a new generation making its way into the work force — or failing to? (85% of recent college grads move back home with mom an dad). Is it a disillusionment of the general public caused by a waking up that life isn’t as perfect as our entertainment and media industries lead us to believe? The realization that our political representatives don’t actually represent us at all (median wealth of congressmen is $911,510)? A new feeling of entitlement? The recent policy changing granting corporations similar rights and privileges as individuals?
Yes, it’s probably all of those things, and much more. There are so many reasons that it’s difficult to qualify and quantify this movement. Below is a list of some articles and videos that I’ve found to be particularly illuminating on the subject. I’m not here to preach > All I know is the mainstream media is vilifying and 0outright ignoring the movement, which leads me to believe that they’re feeling very, very threatened. And I like that – the threat, not the response.
I’ll leave you with this:
Long Island Republican Congressman Peter King blasted the Occupy Wall Street protesters as anti-American today on a right-wing talk show: ““We have to be careful not to allow this to get any legitimacy,” he said, adding “I’m taking this seriously in that I’m old enough to remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen.”
After debunking the right’s hippie characterization of Occupy Wall Street, Maher said, “There’s not going to be a repeat of what happened last time the hippies were in the streets. Those hardhats that you’re depending on to turn against the lousy hippies, here’s what they’re doing now. They’re cheering them on, because now the hardhats are just as broke as everybody else. These people down there, they’re not the counterculture. They’re the culture. They don’t want free love. They want paid employment. They don’t hate capitalism. They hate what’s been done to it, and they resent the Republican mantra that the market perfectly rewards the hard working and punishes the lazy, and the poor are just jealous mooches who want a handout. Yeah, because if there is one group of people who hate handouts, it’s Wall Street.”