Archive: October, 2011
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I have to confess I didn't know about this until I read it 30 seconds ago -- probably a good idea, although maybe a little unfair to people who have legitimate issues with the Mark Zuckerburg empire:
Just as I threatened. What's all this about working in New Jersey?
What did I do during my week away? Watched a lot of commercials.
So is Boston mayor Thomas Menino talking about Occupy Boston here...or the (real) Tea Party? I have to agree with "some guy on the Internet" who called this the dumbest quote ever. Although I did hear that those dirty 1773 hippies smelled bad, and they must have also been -- to borrow a phrase that an apoplectic-sounding Chris Stigall uttered about 100 times on the radio this morning -- "urine soaked." I'm sure Dr. Freud would have some thought about that.
In other news, I'm unemployed again! This time, however...
My friend Ari Rabin-Havt from Media Matters (where I'm a senior fellow...at least that's what I've read recently) has written one of the best pieces I've read so far on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here's a snippet:
f those in the media casting aspersions on the protestors had spent a decade covering the underlying problems with our economy, instead of cheerleading the housing bubble; worked to expose the lies that led our country to war, instead of taking an administration at its word; and not allow themselves to be manipulated by political and media figures whose goal was simply to distort our political processes, there might not be a need to Occupy Wall Street. Instead the dreadlocked girl is still right -- we need a new system.
The Occupy Wall Street movement might have died on the vine were it not for the short-sightedness (and I'm being kind) of certain members of the New York Police Department. The protests in Manhattan went from little more than zero news coverage -- and interest from the wider public -- to moderate attention levels after a NYPD higher-up pepper-sprayed peaceful demonstrators, and it spiked to intense national awareness after police rounded up and arrested 700 people on the Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 1.
The protesters, meanwhile, have been remarkably peaceful. There've been no major episodes of vandalism or physical violence that has been tied to the demonstrators in any city in more than three weeks. Which is great. Seeing how things are playing out, the authorities now suddenly seem to be bending over backwards now to reciprocate. Simply put, they may want to kill Occupy Wall Street -- and the various affinity groups like Occupy Philadelphia -- with kindness.
I believe, like our president, that we should be looking forward, not backward (at least when it comes to sports as opposed to torture).
So I'm looking forward to watching the MLS Cup parade down Broad Street....in Chester. Does Chester even have a Broad Street?
Hey, remember one of my first blog posts about Occupy Wall Street (of course you do) when I said I'll bet the Egyptian press made fun of the folks in Tahrir Square, too. For once I was right:
Occupy Wall Street's supporters have continually criticized both the dearth of media coverage of their movement and its dismissive tone. "The media has begun dismissing the protesters, calling them delusional, childish hippies," Elshamy says. "This is actually very similar to here in Egypt when the media portrayed protesters as thugs or foreign agents who were getting paid and had other agendas." At one point, Egypt's state media even suggested that the demonstrators were being brought out to the square by the promise of free buckets of KFC.