The Occupy Wall Street movement has been one of the most significant political movement of the 21st century. The speed at which it was able to mobilize and build support is astonishing. This protest was not alone though; Time magazine investigates 2011, the year of the protester. Kurt Andersen explores how the protester became “a maker of history” once again. Through his comparison of worldwide protests that sparked in 2011, he demonstrates that despite their geographic distances, protests still lie very closely together. Some of the similarities between the protests included: the occupation of space, diversity and protesting the status quo. The Occupy Wall Street movement is able to build an army to protest via social media. Pictures, videos and written word are all transmitted different websites such as flickr, twitter or blogs. By using new types of media transmitters protesters were able to network across a nation quickly and easily. Without these tools the movement would not have as much diversity or power as it does today.
-Savannah R. Edwards