Occupy Wall Street/You’d be a great fit for our economy

29Nov11

The discussion in chapter 24 has clear links to the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  This two groups apparently emerged from recesses of the United States to form loosely governed groups.  They occupy a particularly unique political “non-state public sphere”  (Dueze, p. 283).  They have no distinct leadership or real headquarters.  Some have tried to emerge as leaders but have been brought down by members of the movement because they were not representative of the whole.  But, who is?

Online information networks allow for great horizontal communication between members of this group that is free from vertical downward dictate.  These seem to be two reasons why many in mainstream political actors have only noticed this group for its lack of cohesion.

Ironically, this movement is flourishing in the same environment that they are so ardently fighting against (International Workforce, precarious employment).  It is a weightless group, they are very casual with such unstructured encampments marches, they seem to foist their individuality on any passerby, and the group formed around an idea rather than some big piece of infrastructure.  It seems like they’d be great workers in our new economy.

Citing:

Lovink, Gert, and Ned Rossiter. “Urgent Aphorisms.” Managing Media Work. By Mark Deuze. London: SAGE, 2010. 283. Print.

-Charles Palys

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