As someone who’s been largely ambivalent to the whole Occupy ________ situation, the movement’s most recent developments have only reinforced my lack of enthusiasm for it. I was always annoyed by its emphasis on marketability. At risk of sounding like an old fogie who considers his late realization of social media’s marketing potential to be some great revelation, the movement does owe a lot of its success to the amount of attention it was able to stir up for itself. On that front it was wildly successful; I suspect it pricked the consciences of several people who wouldn’t’ve otherwise taken the costs of economic “security” into consideration. But the movement’s user-friendly attitude is, in my opinion, what shoots it in the foot. Some months down the road the movement still has no agenda, acting instead as a venue for people to air grievances instead of a forum for discussion and problem-solving…or more importantly, gaining a sense of direction.
Now things have taken a nasty turn. Protesters are being turned out of public spaces all over the country, leaving the movement significantly weaker than it was to begin with. The protesters haven’t given up hope, though, and from this morning on I’ve seen a steady stream of people express their solidarity through quick posts on Facebook: You can’t evict an idea whose time has come.
I won’t lie, I winced when I first read it. It reads like something I might get tattooed on my back were I to allow multiple viewings of V for Vendetta to force me into a downward spiral of bad life decisions. Unfortunately things don’t get much better if I try to take it seriously. I mean, I think I know what they mean (whoever “they” are) by it: change is in the air, and it can’t be stopped. But the statement’s other reading is just as valid: you can’t kill an idea that’s already dead!
just something to consider at this stage—