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]

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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]

 
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 99% in Perspective

This post has been produced by Sharlene and Michele. In the many and diverse voices that I hear coming out of the 99% the loudest one is calling for “more equality!” How catchy, just and noble! …But lets step aside from all these voices, take a deep breath and ponder about our position in the world… As part of the 99%, are we really so worse off? The 99%! …and the 99TH% WE don’t have to go too far to realize how lucky we are and how well off we [Read More]

 
Occupy "Movement" -Lila Volkas

   

 
Personal Reflection on Violence in the Occupy movement

As I watch countless videos of elders and youth getting physically attacked by police forces during peaceful Occupy protests, my stomach tightens and I feel sick. I ask myself to what extent is the U.S truly respecting the First Amendment of free speech and assembly? It strikes me as hypocritical that we tell the people other countries to fight against an unjust government system, for example Egypt’s tyrannical government, but our own American citizens are silenced for “disturbing the peace.” The acts of violence by the police countering the Occupy [Read More]

 
American Ideological Narrative: A Graphic Model

The myth narrative that informs American society is “the American Dream.”  The Dream is essentially a belief that the United States of America is caste free and therefore anyone and everyone has the opportunity to succeed.  There is an emphasis that this success can be achieved independently through hard work and that success is in the form of material goods, landownership and social status.  The “rags to riches” theme is reiterated often in popular culture from Cinderella to the recent film Pursuit of Happyness.  The desire to achieve the Dream [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]

 
The Occupy Movement and How it Changed My View of the World - A Personal Perspective

 With the recent popularization of the Occupy Wall Street movement spreading across the globe, I thought I would write a short personal piece concerning the ways that the Movement changed my perceptions about this planet and humanity. I was fortunate enough to get a chance to witness the Occupy Movement first hand by attending the Occupy camp set up in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Throughout this personal perspective piece, my intentions are not to advocate for any specific side of this movement, rather, I am just telling my [Read More]

 

Until a year ago I believed that Canada, as a nation was a fairly “green” country. That is to say that our country, our government, and major businesses and corporations were working towards a more environmentally friendly and sustainable means of living. While researching our country’s stance in last years Climate Change Conference that took place last winter, I was sadly disappointed in our country’s environmental stance. Among the largely negative influence that Canada had, the most terrible, in my eyes, were the Albertan tar sands. The many organizations looking [Read More]

 
"We are Students"- Lila Volkas

The piece “We are Students” was inspired by the popular video of the events that took place on November 18th, 2011 when peaceful Occupy UC Davis students were pepper sprayed in the face by police. I wanted to explore the role that violence plays in the non-violent Occupy movement. The red and blue background depicts the American public watching this event, while the cameras signify the important role of technology in the documentation and spreading of information of the Occupy movement. The injustice against these students was internationally recognized because [Read More]