What started as a Gandhi like peaceful demonstration against the avarice of Wall Street Bankers in down town New York, has begun to take off globally as a movement against the Omega Point of capitalism. In a word – Greed. This kind Anti Capitalist sentiment to some degree runs through all democracies, the haves who appear to have to much and the have nots who don’t have enough. Where ever there is an extreme disparity there is extreme dissatisfction.
Inspired by the recent quite peoples revolutions in the middle east, citizens have taken to the streets of many major cities around the world to express their dissatisfaction with government bailouts to financial institutions and the corporate world in general.
Part of the rational is if elected governments do nothing to redress the greed of the 1% then the 99% have to do something.
As movements go this is a new one, the first ‘Occupation’ was on Sept 17th and like all peoples movements it has a kind of bottom up self organizing organic structure to its growth. Since september people in 1000 cities in 82 countries have taken part.
Here’s their website http://occupywallst.org/
Here’s their Message : Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.
I think i have found it.
V for Vendetta was originally a comic telling the story of an anarchist character disguised in a Guy Fawkes mask. It is this mask that was featured in the film that has found its way into this OWS movement. What leads me to believe that it may be accepted as the OWS ICON is that recently Julian Assange the WikiLeaks boss showed up at a recent Occupy London event wearing a V mask. Apparently the police ordered him to remove it.
If this symbol is adopted by the movement the current graphic design may undergo a transformation to more simpler version. We shall see, i will keep you posted.
One new kind of Internet Medium that is been currently used by OWS is THE LIVESTREAM A very effective form of real time visual communication. Up until recently only CNN had this kind of media power to report global breaking news.