Here's Why the Media Thinks Occupy Wall Street Is Lame ⇢
This Slate piece by Dahlia Lithwick is the biggest piece of bullshit I’ve read about Occupy Wall Street. Apparently, everyone, the movement is really cool and meaningful, and it’s the media who are lame and stupid.
Any reporter with the tiniest bit of experience and brain knows that the movement is a joke. Here’s why.
Any time there’s a protest of any kind, the same people show up. In my journalism career, I probably covered 150 protests and demonstrations and sit-ins and marches, from groups of 20 people standing on a street corner to thousands temporarily occupying a park or plaza. The messages varied from strikes and other labor demonstrations to protests against war, capital punishment, budget cuts, police brutality, animal cruelty, abortion, etc. Any seasoned journalist has done the same, if not many more.
Know what? The same damn people showed up at every protest. I’d see the labor activists, the red-diaper babies, the college students, the artist types, the trust fund kiddies who took up social justice to make up for the way their great-grandfather’s business raped the planet and abused the workers 100 years ago.
At any protest, you’d always get a few committed people - people who were moved to demonstrate because they really believed in the cause. But most of the protesters were just people looking for something to do. They took up protesting the way some people take up religion or spectator sports or clubbing. They simply get high off the collective experience of being with a bunch of like-minded people, in public, acting in one mindless way.
I did a story about these professional protesters. I remember I interviewed one college student in requisite beard, flannel and jeans who bemoaned the fact that he was not a student in the 60s, when protests really meant something. How sad, I thought, that this kid - born on the cusp of a new millennium - was yearning for an idealized past.
Sure, there were lots of protests in the 60s. I imagine they were effective. But you know what most people did in the 60s? They went to work or school. They paid their bills. They brought up their kids. They lived lives just like people today.