Our Hijacked Food Systems by janmin
 15 December 2011  Posted by janmin media  No Responses »

The media here in Vancouver, Canada gave the local occupy movement a lot of attention.  Through this study I seek to explore and identify certain trends in print and online media articles related to the initial protest and later encampment.  I examine free articles, from weekly and daily print magazines such as the metro, the straight and various online sources.  Because of the nature of the studies variables, results are not objective, but reflect my personal understanding of the media articles in question.   Throughout the occupation at the Vancouver [Read More]


The call and support for the environment seems to have been forgotten among the demands of the occupiers. In fact it has been noted that those who are part of the Occupy Movement are unaware of the technological gadgets they use while simultaneously waging war on the very corporations who produce them. The irony is certainly palpable. These two clips are to inspire us to remember what it is we risk losing in nature. Financial greed doesn’t only take a toll on people; the environment suffers too. I received this second [Read More]


What do you know about the Occupy Movement? And how do you know what you do? You might have watched the news or read stories online. But I’m guessing many actively and inactively followed your friends and families reactions on twitter, facebook, or  to setting up base camp on September 17th. You may have “liked” or commented on shocking, satirical, powerful, and influential pictures from all over the world, reposted hundreds of thousands of times. Think about what your mother knows about Occupy. She may say what my mother might say. [Read More]

 12 December 2011  Posted by nbatara media , , , ,  No Responses »

  Generation WE: The Movement Begins.. IMPORTANT: CLICK ON THE ABOVE LINK TO WATCH THIS VIDEO. This video comes from http://www.gen-we.com/ . Generation We is a movement to encourage youth born between 1978 and 2000 to step up and vote, because the total population is greater than their parents. It encourages this generation to promote change, to curb consumerism and find solutions to environmental problems. It highlights the need to revolutionalize the economy and to support medical research. It is essentially stating that system change is within this generation. We just have [Read More]

Popular Occupy Movement Slogans: A view through the internet.

In my multitude of internet searches for issues related to the Occupy movement I have stumbled across many photos that attempt to summarize the Occupy movement. Some are intended to be funny, some motivational, some accusatory, and others informational. I have selected some of the ones I believe have the most impact and posted them here to share. This one is from http://www.occupytogether.org/ , which is an organizational website designed to update and keep track of the various Occupy movements across the globe. It posts information on which Occupy movements are hosting [Read More]

How the Internet can Save the World: Opinions on the Internet as a Revolutionary Tool

The United States Congress is considering passing a bill that would severely restrict internet freedom (see http://campusprogress.org/articles/the_terrible_horrible_no-good_very_bad_internet_censorship_bills1/). While its stated intent is to prevent the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted materials, the bill itself is considered by many to be too broad and general: with its current format, it would fail to reach its stated intent but manage to confine the internet to specific patterns of use (for more information, see http://www.tehelka.com/story_main51.asp?filename=Op171211proscons.asp). The internet has become a key component in how the world functions day-to-day. As a widely used [Read More]


The Occupy Vancouver movement is both a global and local movement and shows how the clashing of cultural values and a desire for a change in the system reveals the various ways in which people observe and perceive their surroundings.  Newspapers are a media which provides people with a way to go about conceiving of their surroundings. Most of my understanding of this movement has come from the newspaper I read, The Vancouver Sun and our class’ blog and trying to understand it from an ecological anthropological perspective. The movement [Read More]

 11 December 2011  Posted by Sarah S. media, perspectives No Responses »
Occupy the Media- Hannah, Sharlene, Michele

The way we see ourselves in the broader system is largely shaped by News Media agencies. By framing our lives within a specific type of social meta-narrative they have powerful effects on our political opinions and our subsequent actions in the system. As powerful shapers of the social imaginary they can be linked to the semiotic sign of a ‘source’ first ‘filtering’ then affecting through an ‘information pathway’ the ‘belief cloud’ and as a result have the potential to act like corrective processes. When we consider systems change, and especially [Read More]

The Demographics of the Occupy Wall Street Protesters

The Occupy Wall Street protesters have been characterized by the media as unemployed youth or aging hippies who are looking to rekindle the protest movements of the 1960’s. The Denver Police Department went as far a calling the protesters in that city “grungy hippies” and “yahoos.” The actual on the ground demographics of the dedicated Wall Street protesters show a somewhat different reality. Douglas E. Schoen conducted a survey of face-to-face interviews of self-identified protesters in Zuccotti Park on October 10 and 11th to see exactly who the protesters actually [Read More]

Occupy "Movement" -Lila Volkas


Occupy Vancouver Photo Timeline

This photo timeline of the Occupy Vancouver movement attempts to portray the constancy of the media and technology, but also technology’s effect on perception. Each picture represents almost every day of the movement within the months of October and November, the copyright limitations of the search causing one or two days to seem undocumented. General search engines reveal otherwise; however, photos, videos, and artwork portraying various aspects of the movement. The type of technology used for each photo is documented to show the scope of technology at present, from Nikon [Read More]

Mass Media and Social Networking - Keeping the Movement Alive

Now that most, if not all, Occupy encampments have been shutdown and evicted, it is interesting to see how the Movement evolves. I imagine in the time before mass media and social networking (if there was such a time) that this would probably have meant the end of the protests. But recently, since the time of the evictions, social networking and other mass media forums have been keeping the movement alive. In essence a vital life-line, the internet allowed this Movement to make a digital transition to the World Wide [Read More]

Dec 092011
The Others

When media produces images of certain groups of people, it wields a power to shape public opinion of that group.  When the Occupy movement is discussed by those not directly involved in one of the protests, the occupiers are regularly referred to as “they.”  Dividing them from us in this way is a profound example of the power of media to make people with new ideas into the other.  This is not new, an ability to assign other status.  This image is intended to display that tendency to othering in [Read More]

"The Ghost of Occupy" -Lila Volkas
 9 December 2011  Posted by lilavolkas media 1 Response »
The Empire Strikes Back

On December 7th, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced the North American Common Security Deal. How do you feel about this? Do you perceive this as the first phase to consolidate our nations into one “new modern order” (e.g. new world order). Do you foresee this plan as the first phase to open the door for mass corporate take over of Canada’s farming and resources industry? Let’s hear your opinion on this important issue! Also, as you watch the video, take notice of 2:40 (it sounded as if he [Read More]

Dec 082011
The Future?

Occupy movement grappling with “new phase of life” – David P. Ball   Since the displacement of the camp outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, it’s evident that some people are wondering, what’s next? Here is an article from The Vancouver Observer detailing some of the possibilities that may arise even though the physical encampment has been dismantled. Despite the fact that the tents are no longer where they used to be, the ideas for change remain.   Some major points: -” ‘Organic’ global protest will continue highlighting economic inequality without [Read More]

Photos of the Movement

Here are a few good websites to check out for encouraging Occupy Vancouver photos, helpful to anyone curious about the action at the site. The photos depict the types of changes people are rooting for by completing this demonstration, hoping to change the system by occupying Vancouver.   CTV’s “The many faces of Occupy Vancouver”: http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/gallery/html/occupying_111017/photo_0.html   Harryhammer’s Blog “Occupy Wall Street Vancouver Photo Gallery 2”: Occupy 2   BCIT Broadcast Journalism “Occupy Vancouver Photo Gallery”: http://www.bcitbroadcastnews.ca/2011/11/07/occupy-vancouver-photo-gallery/      

Occupy Wall Street promoting energy self-sufficiency

Energy self-sufficiency and environmentalism have been indirectly promoted by the Occupy Wall Street movement due to the 1%’s poor use of inefficient and high cost fossil fuels. The economics of energy use have fueled a public demand for a cleaner and cheaper energy source exemplified by movements such as “Occupy Rooftops”, by the organization Solar Mosaic. The Occupy Rooftop movement attempts to show that any individual can start a self-sufficient and energetically clean community by using solar panels as a clean re-usable energy source. These panels are then placed on [Read More]

 8 December 2011  Posted by alek_hrycaiko Case Studies, media, take action No Responses »
1% of our population

This link shows the 1% of our population that controls 100% of our food standing up for what they believe in. It is an interesting change and a refreshing addition to the occupy movement as the voices of local American farmers have been missing until now. These farmers are not hippies arguing for a cause that they have no interest in, but instead are hard working Americans who believe that the system is flawed and things need to be changed. This article ties in the “food systems” sections of the blog to the larger occupy movement discussions. [Read More]