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]


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 »

The following is taken from a class discussion that was held by our Ecological Anthropology 360 class (the creators of this blog). We thought it important to have a group discussion about the Occupy Movement to get a sense of people’s thoughts, and share our ideas with each other. We had previously spent weeks researching what others thought and said about the movement and hadn’t had a chance to find out what our own thoughts were as a class.   We opened with a very general question:   Do you [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 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 The internet has become a key component in how the world functions day-to-day. As a widely used [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 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]


MA Guest Speaker from The University of British Columbia[1] The Occupy Wall Street Movement started on September 17th 2011 in New York City has spread across the continent, creating awareness as well as conflict in major cities across the US and Canada. The fallout from the movement has created many other Occupy Movements, such as the Occupy Canada Movement and the Occupy Vancouver movement in Vancouver, British Columbia. The movement focuses on protesting economic inequality as well as high rates of unemployment and corruption within major corporations. The movement especially [Read More]

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”:   Harryhammer’s Blog “Occupy Wall Street Vancouver Photo Gallery 2”: Occupy 2   BCIT Broadcast Journalism “Occupy Vancouver Photo Gallery”:      

The Lighter Side of Occupation (Occupy Jokes)

I have compiled a gallery of images relating to the Occupy movement, depicting how various types of inequalities are present within most social systems. Within any  system there will most likely be “the 1%” and the “99%”, and it seems as if someone or something comes out ahead, then the rest might be fighting a losing battle. Sometimes this feeling of hopelessness or defeat presents itself humorously, considering a perfect solution is not always available – but hey, if we can’t fix all our problems, at least we can laugh [Read More]

"The High Price of Materialism"

This is a short animation narrated by psychologist Tim Kasser. Kasser describes the vehicle of the American dream and how to shift to a ‘new dream’ more which is more “socially just and ecologically sustainable”. He discusses: 1) The effects of marketed materialism on citizens a) The illusion of happiness b) Insecurity c) Depression 2) How to counter materialism’s effects a) Protect yourself and your community from the media b) Promote and build a life embedded in “intrinsic values” (personal growth, being close to family and friends and a sense [Read More]

Technological Space, Contested Space

The virtual realm of the internet is an environment of humankind’s design.  In this environment, just as the natural environment, there are all sorts of social interactions and these interactions can produce narratives and counter-narratives.  Anyone participating in a study of ecological anthropology should be able to trace this web of narratives in order to fully understand the “big picture.”  The symbolism of this image is intended to show how the “official” narrative of the internet seeks to dominate those counter-narratives seeking change.  The red fist of uprising, clutching the [Read More]


On October 6, 2011 journalist Chris Hedges appeared on CBC’s The Lang & O’Leary Exchange.  This is an important video to view for a few reasons.  The first is that Hedges provides a good overview of the flaws in the American economic system and why people are angry.  The second is that this segment is a perfect example of what “othering” people does for intellectual discourse.  At 3:29, Kevin O’Leary begins his attempt to discredit Hedges’ perspective by questioning his sanity.  Hedges manages to remain calm and continues his argument, [Read More]

Dec 012011

For anyone interested this is a funny photo on the occupy movement. It shows that there are definitely different perspectives out there.

 1 December 2011  Posted by Jadebl media , ,  1 Response »

“I am Not Moving” is a short film that illustrates America’s support for free speech and peoples’ rights…unless it occurs on our own continent.     I find this video chilling. It brings to light the hypocrisy of the North American political system and exposes the government’s desire to act only when it benefits them. The politicians in the clip are describing movements around the world, in Libya, Egypt, Iran and other countries, where the people are protesting and demanding their universal rights. They advocate in support of these people [Read More]

Nov 302011

Below is a video clip which exposes the people behind the financial crisis that sparked the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Director’s Statement: “Generations of American taxpayers have bailed out today’s big banks to the tune of $12 trillion (New York Times, July 2011). That is $83,000 p American taxpayer, plus interest. Still today, the big banks gamble with government (taxpayer) backing – a ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ scenario. This absurd scenario obliterates any notion of a true free-market society, we are slowly being reduced to a feudal society: [Read More]