The Revolution Is Love

This video entitled “The Revolution Is Love” describes the Occupy Wallstreet Movement and its purpose. The Occupy Wallstreet Movement has experienced frequent criticism for its lack of defined goals.  However, this video discusses how if the movement defines explicit demands, it would limit the movement’s impact due to the constrained political spectrum of American society.

Bill Wasik’s article, “#Riot: Self-Organized, Hyper-Networked Revolts – Coming to a City Near You,” raises a few concerns that are also somewhat portrayed in this video and the Occupy Wallstreet Movement in general.  Wasik talks of how technology separates people in today’s world.  The notion that personal and intimate connections are less valuable in today’s mainstream capitalist world is expressed in Wasik’s article as well as in “The Revolution is Love”.  Technology allows access to a multitude of connections without a direct need for personally knowing the man or woman who grows your food or makes your clothes.  Why would people put time into developing these connections when you can practically sustain all facets of your life through Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon.

However, Wasik further discusses how this same technology also can unify people much more easily than without it.  The Occupy Wallstreet Movement is really living proof of this.  People gathering in streets all across the country learning about the purpose and progression of the movement through social media could be considered very influential or even ground breaking in comparison to history.  Modernized technology can create less human intimacy, but an easier outlet to express opinions and organize disconnected people.  Aside from the Occupy Wallstreet Movement, riots or protests in Britain, Egypt and Tunisia are examples of people joining together through technology to organize under common platforms.

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6 responses to “The Revolution Is Love

  1. coffeeshoprhino

    Do you have any commentary you can offer on this video?

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  3. ramblerofoccasionalbrilliance

    As far as a commentary on the video, I found it very idealistic. It spoke in very general terms and tried to create a universal morality that doesn’t exist. To say that truth is that each person is here to give of themselves, is an ideal, a hope, a dream and not reality. I would love to say that we are all here to give, but I know that is not true for every human being. As a psychology major I would like to know where occupiers see people with antisocial personalities and sociopathy fitting into this economy of love. People that have no empathy clearly do not fit into this new world order. I do enjoy that this video addresses the paradox of needing explicit demands and stating that having explicit demands compromises the movement. I think the power of this movement comes from the statement that there is a problem, that the status quo is not working as well as the general public is made to believe.
    As far as technology goes, I feel that Amber Case describes in her Ted Talk “We are all cyborgs now” that technology is actually very organic and an extension of ourselves. It’s human. http://www.ted.com/talks/amber_case_we_are_all_cyborgs_now.html

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