What’s all the fuss about?

         So what’s all the fuss about on Wall Street? Oh wait, you haven’t heard? Not surprising. The major media outlets have all but ignored the events taking place in their own back yard. For almost three weeks, thousands of people have converged on this eight-block-long stretch of asphalt and skyscrapers in lower Manhattan. For what purpose, you ask? That answer remains a bit unclear. Some explanations offered by the media include: the downfall of capitalism, an end to corporate tax incentives, world peace, racial justice, freedom for prisoners, and a slew of others issues boldly displayed on signs and posters covering every inch of usable space.

                                 Image: Occupy Dallas protest

        Only in the last few days have  the demands from the protestors have become somewhat understood, although their presence in the city has cost Mayor Bloomberg two million dollars in police overtime alone. When you consider the damage to local businesses from lack of access, the burden of cleaning up behind thousands of unruly campers, the inevitable strain on the judicial system from the ever-growing number of arrests, and a multitude of other factors the price of these shenanigans is certain to be staggering. So where is the media coverage? Just now are we beginning to see headlines addressing this controversy. With the addition of several powerful workers unions and a handful of celebrities taking up the cause, we are beginning to formulate a picture of the reason for the last three weeks of frustration. A decade of costly foreign war, millions of Americans out of work, skyrocketing foreclosure rates, and the disappearance of stock portfolios and pension plans galore are all contributing factors. Americans are angry and apparently it’s time to show it. But why go through the trouble of protesting if you are not even marketing your purpose?
       No one is blind to the problems we face as a nation, yet the solution seems beyond reach. Take to the streets or take to the polls? No matter what you choose, if no one knows what you are fighting for, you are wasting your time. You could have the best idea or the most sensible solution, but ultimately it’s about marketing your idea clearly that determines if you will make any difference at all.

-Claire Dillard, LaPuasa, Reinhardt

3 thoughts on “What’s all the fuss about?

  1. I actually completely agree with this post. Up until a few days ago, I had only heard a little bit about this “Occupy Wallstreet” thing. And up until a few days ago, I had no idea what it was. I actually still don’t know what exactly it is, but I do know a lot of my friends on “Facebook” are up in arms about it. I tried to do some reading on it to find out exactly why all of these people are protesting and what it’s actually all about, but there doesn’t seem to be a clear cut answer. I’m really rather shocked that more people aren’t talking about it or that more news stations aren’t reporting on it. This whole protest just seems to be a culmination of every problem our country seems to have right now. There’s no one leader, no concise goals or problems and for the life of me, I couldn’t tell you what everyone wants as a result.

  2. Surprisingly, I have heard a little about this, but you’re definitely right that their purpose is unclear. The only clear thing that I’ve heard that they are protesting is taxing the top 1% of the most wealthy Americans. (This makes it seem a little odd that any celebrities are getting involved, since they are part of the 1%). But what’s even more unclear to me is what these protesters propose to be done to solve the problems that they’re protesting. Without media coverage, it’s hard to know if this protest is actually very unorganized and lacks any real goals, or if we’re just not being told about it. This definitely shows how much impact the media has on what we do and do not know about what is going on in the world.

  3. The response to the protests on Wall Street and across other cities has been limited from the media’s point of view, but like you said the protestors aren’t doing a great job making their point clear. I agree with this statement, but I think the more important statement isn’t what they are saying but how they are saying it. The fact of the matter is clogging up a few streets (even though they are important streets) won’t get as much attention as some more drastic measures. Why don’t these protestors go stand around in the stock exchange, stand infront of doors, clog up banks, and truly make it difficult for people to do their jobs. The protestors need to make people realize they are being serious and start to act like it by taking off their masks and actually causing a stir.

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