Wall Street Protestors and the Use Social Media

Hey Everyone:

On September 17th, hundreds of activists marched on Wall Street to protest the financial industry's support for policies that have lead to mass unemployment and growing poverty rates while corporate CEOs continue to rake in large profits.  Interestingly, it sounds like the action was organized primarily through digital sources.  According to CNNMoney,  "Occupy Wall Street is a "leaderless resistance movement" orchestrated through Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools. The Twitter hashtags #OccupyWallStreet and #TakeWallStreet lit up Saturday with coordination messages and solidarity tweets" (Hundreds of protestors descend to 'Occupy Wall St.).

Has anyone read anything else about this event?  Is it going to continue?  Will it lead to long range organization and changes that protest leaders are proposing?  I'd like to start a discussion on this topic.  Check out the official website at: https://occupywallst.org/.  Let me know what you think?  

Nathan.

 

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Nathan:  I did hear about this after the fact.  In addition to the Twitter hashtag, you might check the Adbusters site:  http://www.adbusters.org/ .  There are links to video of the protests.

The call to occupation was big during the University of California protests a few years ago.  Some very clever use of blogs, Twitter and Facebook at the time.  Will try to dig up some of the sites.

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