Has anyone else asked themselves this question recently? I have.
I knew, in short, that it was people protesting/rallying/coming together/etc. about to economic crisis. I knew it was, well, on Wall Street, and I heard about some of the police action that was taken. But, I feel like it hasn’t really been made known several things…like, how it started, who made it start, why (other than the economy) they started it, how it branched to other cities/continents, and other things of that nature.
Have I just been tuned out of the media, or has the news on this been a bit hush-hush?
I did a bit of research on the sites I will list below, but I’m still feeling fuzzy about it. I did find out that it was mostly spurred by the revolution and happenings in Egypt, which were started by a gathering of people. Though, I feel like those incidents received more media coverage than this is, perhaps that is why it did so well? More people were informed about it?
I also feel like, though I could be entirely incorrect, when I say that the Egypt rallies and protests had more motivation and a larger following via social media. In my opinion, I don’t think Occupy Wall Street is utilizing social media to its largest advantage. I think it has a presence, but not a large enough one to make its way through all the other messages being put out on a regular basis.
Bloomberg.com reported that “#OccupyWallStreet,” the goal of the protest is to get President Barack Obama to establish a commission to end “the influence money has over our representatives in Washington,” which they pulled from a website promoting the events. Bloomberg.com also quoted NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg saying, “People have a right to protest, and if they want to protest, we’ll be happy to make sure they have locations to do it,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sept. 15 at a press conference. “As long as they do it where other people’s rights are respected, this is the place where people can speak their minds, and that’s what makes New York, New York.” This statement by Mayor Bloomberg was definitely the right thing to release, and the right sentiments to put behind it. He did the right thing by acknowledging them, and saying they will be allowed to be there — as long as they do so respectfully. From a PR standpoint, there is something that can be learned from this.
Setting all of this aside, I do commend these people for doing what they think is right. I believe that it is people like this that pave the way for change and betterment in our world, people who aren’t afraid to stand up for what they feel is right. And though I’m not entirely positive on all the action and reasons behind it, though trying to become an informed citizen about it all, I do believe that they are causing some sort of revolution. I think that they truly are going to make a difference and create a change.
My hat is tipped to you, Occupy Wall Street.
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