Is there a battle? Was there a battle? Is it over? However, it is time to reflect a bit on a phenomenon, which is at least symptomatic and symbolic of our times. I will try that reflection with the social foresight and the involved tech/social clash in mind. Maybe later I try to sketch some scenarios.
The mood to occupy
In my perspective the Arab spring and the “political occupying” of public
places – like the Tahir Square – is probably the precondition of that, what then was called the world wide “occupy movement”. What is the mood of the people doing that, however specific their context (as in Egypt, Greece or in US)? “Enough is enough!” and “Despite we might have not the solution to the problems, as a first step we say ‘No'”. This is my subjective verdict. And I have to to stress, how subjective this stance has to be, since the pheonomenon is very diverse and complex. And I have read and seen much, but only a subset of the media deluge. So I am trying to be careful, since I have only watched the movement from a distance, more an ethnographer than a participant.
One of the countless serious man thinking about
Robert Steele: An Open Letter to Occupy
You can read the text here: Public Intelligence Blog www.phibetaiota.net/2011/11/robert-steele-an-open-letter-to-the-occupy-mob/
History in the making: Occupy movement – Wikipedia
“The Occupy movement is an international protest movement which is primarily directed against economic and social inequality. The movement started in Kuala Lumpur on July 30, 2011, with Occupy Dataran, followed by New York City and San Francisco on September 17, 2011, with Occupy Wall Street and Occupy San Francisco. By October 9 Occupy protests had taken place or were ongoing in over 95 cities across 82 countries and over 600 communities in the United States. …
(And as you can read in the growing timeline):
- June 9, 2011 – a Canadian anti-consumerist magazine called Adbusters registered the domain name occupywallstreet.org
- July 13 – Adbusters made the initial proposal for a peaceful demonstration to occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Wall_Street