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]

 

Audio Collage, Occupy Vancouver   This is an audio collage of some of the unique vocal elements from the Occupy Movement and our class discussion. I tried to capture important directions that we discussed using some of what I thought was the most interesting, relevant, and encapsulating. Background music was produced and edited by myself at Vancouver Surf Studios (TM). All copyrights reserved. Enjoy.

 
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]

 
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]

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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]

 
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]

 
It's All Relative: Who Are the 99% ?

Another interesting perspective regarding the 99%… Who does this group really represent?     From the website MoveOn.org  

 1 December 2011  Posted by 360Lexie perspectives ,  No Responses »