I have blogged about this, I have posted about this, and I am consumed by this. An idea, a spark that has ignited in the hearts and minds of thousands of Americans.
“An idea. Resilient, highly contajous. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to iradicate.”
A revolution is beginning to stir in the heart of the American youth. The youth who grew up with computers and laptops in front of us, the youth who made this world small with our social networking creations and online infomation sharing capabilities.
We are the children of the internet.
Children of the information age and we will never rely on mass or corporate media to share the message we want heard. The era has arrived, and never before has there been such a movment from our generation. Never before has the power of our ‘social media’ been felt, never before has anyone seen what this generation is capable of. Never before have we flexed our intellectual and creative muscles on how we can change our world. We are masters of information, conductors of thought, and this movement will be downloaded, our thoughts will be documented, every person’s action will be streamed and circulated and spread without direction.
The Whole World will be watching.
Despite the limited coverage the Occupy Wall Street protest has had from the US media, despite the dismissal on the claim that protesters ‘lack a clear objective’, dispite the ridicule from every major news organization on everything from ‘lack of organization’ to accusing the protestors of being ‘just a bunch of hippies smelling like patchouli and weed and beating on drums’, and dispite the dismissive quality Corporate Media is not so sarcastically suggesting.
The truth is: We are highly organized, we are highly diverse, we are highly educated and we are invested in our future.
Do not be so arrogant to think that our slow and careful pace can be mistaken for ineptitude.
At this point, so-called ‘Third-World’ news organizations have better more accuate news reporting skills than we have seen thus far.
From India, the Hindustan Times gets to the crux:
“There are obvious reasons. We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous, unforgivable debt. Most were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now being humiliated – faced with a life as deadbeats, moral reprobates.
Is it really surprising they would like to have a word with the financial magnates who stole their future?
What we are witnessing can also be seen as a demand to finally have a conversation we were all supposed to have back in 2008. Everything we’d been told for the last decade turned out to be a lie. Markets did not run themselves; creators of financial instruments were not infallible geniuses; and debts did not really need to be repaid – money itself was revealed to be a political instrument, trillions of dollars of which could be whisked in or out of existence if governments or central banks required it.
It seemed the time had come to rethink everything: the very nature of markets, money, debt; to ask what an ‘economy’ is actually for. Then, in one of the most colossal failures of nerve in history, we all collectively clapped our hands over our ears and tried to put things back as close as possible to the way they’d been before.
We don’t know precisely what will come out of this round. But if the occupiers manage to break the 30-year stranglehold on the human imagination, they will have done us the greatest favour anyone possibly can.”
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