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Saturday October 25, 2014

The Internet as a Model for #OccupyWallStreet

In a recent article by Atlantic writer Conor Friedersdorf, the author discusses how the the Occupy Wall Street protests in Lower Manhattan are behaving very much like the Internet.   To make his point, he mentions the insight from Douglas Rushkoff  at CNN.com, who said that Occupy Wall Street is “America’s first true Internet-era movement,which does not take its cue from a charismatic leader, express itself in bumper-sticker-length goals and understand itself as having a particular endpoint,” and that it it is “the product of the decentralized networked-era culture.  It is not like a book; it is like the Internet.”

As it would turn out, Rushkoff’s idea proved to be true as the Friedersdorf, who is based in the redwood forests in Northern California, would find that a passage from an Internet article he wrote about the movement would end up as a sign at the movement 3,000 miles away. In his article, he talked about how protesters messages would resonate more with the general public if they were more specific, so to illustrate this, he gave an example of specif message, one that alluded to the SEC case against Goldman Sachs and that was 46 words long.

Ultimately he discovered this example was used on placard by a protestor that then went viral on Twitter. Here is the placard that contained Friedersdorf’s message:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Atlantic.com