In our previous class we brushed over the topic of Occupy Wall Street. I believe it came up because we were talking about the power of the internet and how it has aided revolutions around the world. I have attached to a link that I came across while looking into OWS, and it is one that really helped my understanding of the protest. Many news reporters and articles have implicated that the protesters are rallying simply to cause a scene, are nothing but hippies and bums, and don’t have any set issues or points. Consensus completely floored me and my view on OWS.
The protesters are fighting for direct democracy and elimination of the hierarchical stance of big business and the little opportunities it provides for middle/lower class citizens. I found it increasingly ironic how the protesters were able to form such a successful and well run government – almost proving their point by just simply functioning on Wall Street. You can see in the video that people of all ages, backgrounds, and financial situations are able to work together and incorporate every person’s voice. Voices were magnified by others, and a whole language of hand gestures were used to express opinions in a non-violent and non-interruptive way. Everything that the OWS community does is based around hearing everyone’s stance. I do agree and admire their efforts, because that’s what our government should be like: every person matters.
The entire movement as a whole enthralls me. As students, the economy has an enormous effect upon our education and future. These are things we should be concerned and educated about – revolutions are occurring across the world whether via internet or magnifying voices. Changes are being made and they’re being done in the calmest of ways!