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]

 
Guest Op-Ed with Natasha Gowda

For our project I would like to share a conversation I had with Natasha Gowda, a Community Outreach Representative for BC Hydro. I believe that her experience within the corporate world provides a different insight into our Occupy Vancouver project, as she shares her personal opinions with us through this guest ‘opinion editorial’. A transcript of our conversation is posted here with her permission.     Q: How would you describe the Occupy Vancouver movement?   A: I would say that Occupy Vancouver is a public display of dissatisfaction with [Read More]

 

Occupy Movement vs. the Russian Revolution     While following the Occupy Movement these last few months something that really struck me was the similarity between this movement and the Russian Revolution that took place during the early twentieth centuries. Specifically, the division of wealth in Russia at the time, and how it played a major role in changing the political, social, and cultural aspects of Russia. To further illustrate the similarities between the Russian Revolution and the Occupy Wall Street Movement, I decided to research the Russian Revolution, the [Read More]

 
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]

 
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]

Dec 072011
 

http://occupywallst.org/about/ This is a link to the Occupy Wall Street page for anyone interested in what the movement stands for.

 
Satire - We are the 1%

Here is the link to a Youtube video of a comedic representation of the 1%, put out as a satirical response to the slogan “We are the 99%”, a slogan that has come to define the Occupy movement in somways. Although this clip is a bit off-colour, it highlights the issue at hand, economic and societal disparity. Enjoy.    

 6 December 2011  Posted by MMeredith perspectives ,  No Responses »