#OccupyWallStreet takes on Times Square

…and the counter terrorism unit, apparently.

It has been reported, and tweeted (trending, no less), that Occupy Wall Street has moved to Times Square today.

Now, the news that was anticipated for today was how the protests spread world-wide… but, of course, the original #OWS gang is stealing the spotlight, yet again.

Seriously, though, moving to Times Square today was the quite the move on their part.  I’ve read, via Twitter, that the estimated numbers of people there is expected to exceed the number normally there on New Years Eve.  That’s a reported 60,000+, folks.  And growing.

Not to mention that the police have definitely taken notice.  I’ve also read on twitter that there are police officers, police horses as well as the counter terrorism unit showed up to barricade and control the crowds.  It’s even being reported (yes, still on Twitter) that all protestors present in Times Square are subject to being arrested…

As of now, only one protestor, and two police officers has been reported as injured.  However, updated from the one arrest earlier, it was reported that 42 people were arrested in Times Square.  I heard, though am not certain, that these several of these protestors were arrested for wearing face masks, though, which could have been easily prevented… The march is said to continue on tonight to Washington Square Park at 10p, which hopefully means out of Times Square (for everyone’s sake.)

Now, as I follow all of this unfolding on Twitter, I can’t help but wonder… where is the mainstream media news?  Seldom articles have been found by even the NYT or CNN (though, they are starting to appear, but it they took their sweet time to trickle in), but the fact that this is happening on Twitter is probably the most mesmerizing to me.  People aren’t going to their regular news sources, they’re following these events on social media.

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New Media Occupying the Voice of the 99% — #OccupyWallStreet

You may or may not have read my last post about Occupy Wall Street, and that’s just fine.  This is serving as a bit of a follow-up…

Since my last post, I have opened my ears and eyes a bit more, and as a result, I have become a bit more educated and informed about what is going on down on Wall Street, and throughout other cities in the world.  Since then, I have also received several mentions on other blogs related to Occupy Wall Street, and it’s begun to fascinate me how little attention Occupy Wall Street, or the other Occupy (insert city/state name here), have gained in the main media.  The media only seems interested when larger events, such as protestors being maced, or a large number were arrested when crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

Take notes, friends.  This is something that is usually only seen and heard in history books.

But, are these news outlets doing their job?  Are they explaining to the people why these people are being maced, or arrested, or why they’re even there to begin with?  Is the “popular” media, making the protestors out to be harmful, destructive individuals, or people simply coming together to peacefully unite in change? Is the media doing its job? Or is New Media leading the way, while the “popular” media is taking a back seat ride and looking the other way?

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Occupy Wall Street — what is it?

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?

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