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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:15 AM
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Occupy the No-Spin Zone (Slate)
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One of the best things about Occupy Wall Street is the way it confuses and ignores the shrill pundit class.

By Dahlia Lithwick|Posted Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011


I confess to being driven insane this past month by the spectacle of television pundits professing to be baffled by the meaning of Occupy Wall Street. Good grief. Isnt the ability to read still a job requirement for a career in journalism? And as last weeks inane What Do They Want? meme morphs into this weeks craven They Want Your Stuff meme, I feel its time to explain something: Occupy Wall Street may not have laid out all of its demands in a perfectly cogent one-sentence bumper sticker for you, Mr. Pundit, but it knows precisely what it doesnt want. It doesnt want you.

What the movement clearly doesnt want is to have to explain itself through corporate television. To which I answer, Hallelujah. You cant talk down to a movement that wont talk back to you.

I dont purport to speak for anyone but myself here, although I spent time this weekend at Occupy Wall Street and my husband spent much of last week adding his voice to the protesters there. I saw an incredible array of people that defy any simple demographic characterization and a broad range of signs that madeimagine!more than a single point. But if I may hazard an opinion, it would be this: One of the most fatuous themes of mainstream OWS coverage is the endless loop of media bafflement at this movement that doesnt have a message. Heres CNNs Erin Burnett in a classic put-down of the OWS refusal to tailor its message to her. It takes a walloping amount of willful cluelessness to look at a mass of people holding up signs and claim that they have no message.

Occupy Wall Street is not a movement without a message. Its a movement that has wisely shunned the one-note, pre-chewed, simple-minded messaging required for cable television as it now exists. Its a movement that feels no need to explain anything to the powers that be, although it is deftly changing the way we explain ourselves to one another.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politic...



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canoeist52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:17 AM
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1. That's a fine article. Thanks for posting.
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canoeist52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:20 AM
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2. My favorite quote from the article...
"As efforts to ridicule the protesters fail, attempts to repurpose the good old days of enemies lists falter; and efforts to demonize the occupiers backfire, polls continue to show that Americans support the protesters and share their goals. The rest of us quickly cottoned on to the fact that the only people who are scared of the violent mobs at Occupy Wall Street are the people being paid to call them violent mobs.

Mark your calendars: The corporate media died when it announced it was too sophisticated to understand simple declarative sentences."
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:48 AM
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4. My favorite part:
"Occupy Wall Street is not a movement without a message. Its a movement that has wisely shunned the one-note, pre-chewed, simple-minded messaging required for cable television as it now exists. Its a movement that feels no need to explain anything to the powers that be, although it is deftly changing the way we explain ourselves to one another.

Think, for just a moment, about the irony. We are the most media-saturated 24-hour-cable-soaked culture in the world, and yet around the country, on Facebook and at protests, people are holding up cardboard signs, the way protesters in ancient Sumeria might have done when demonstrating against a rise in the price of figs. And why is that? Because they very wisely dont trust television cameras and microphones to get it right anymore. Because a media constructed around the illusion of false equivalencies, screaming pundits, and manufactured crises fails to capture who we are and what we value."
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:24 AM
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3. K&R
NGU.

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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:52 AM
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5. Very true...What scares the pundits the most is
there isn't some neat, bite-sized package/demographic/label they can pigeon-hole OWS into (the same cannot be said of the teabaggers)
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firehorse Donating Member (547 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:53 AM
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6. The "pundit class" get confused when there are more words to read than a bumper sticker
They are zombies of reductionist thinking, any point made greater than one, melts their brains.
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:40 PM
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7. kick for an excellent read n/t
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