Images in the Movement(s)

Kurt Andersen dives into a historical look at the Occupy Wall Street movement in his piece “The Protester” in TIME magazine. It gives us a historical perspective of OWS, though it doesn’t tell of the future. The only thing missing from his article are images. His piece goes hand in hand with all of the different images utilized by these movements and that have really come to define them in the public’s eye and memory. In our increasingly visual world, images and photographs speak to the masses as loud, if not louder, than the headlines accompanying them. Andersen describes Mohamed Bouazizi’s protest of fire, but the actual image is incredibly striking. The image is what made the world take notice.

Image(See, it’s pretty striking.)

Likewise he describes Adbuster’s call to arms, sparking the OWS movement and while his description is very straightforward, just….just look at this:Image

Images are playing a large part in the #Occupy movements and the revolutions around the world. From specifically designed images (Adbusters) to impromptu documentary photography by amateurs (of Mohamed Bouazizi), these images are making these movements relatable to a large audience.

Andersen stresses the use of social media in getting instant, real time information. He doesn’t mention that images are part of this information as well. These images are so much apart of this growing movement of protests and for protesters, where everyone has a say. He’s right that this is just the beginning of the Occupy movement, there are many more meaningful images to come.


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2 responses to “Images in the Movement(s)

  1. Can you analyze the Adbusters poster and describe what is supposed to make it effective or “relatable to a large audience”?


  2. ramblerofoccasionalbrilliance

    For the Adbusters image the biggest statement is the juxtaposition of the ballerina atop the Wall Street Bull. The Wall Street bull is relatable to a large audience because it has semantic meaning to a vast audience. Even those that don’t understand the bull to be a symbol of a booming economy or at least a growing one (as I didn’t until this class) know that it symbolizes Wall Street and money. The ballerina speaks to the creativity of humanity and the arts. In our world where budget cuts are continually choosing to cut funding to the arts, I think it would fair to say that the two are opposites. This juxtaposition makes the text “What is our one demand?” thought provoking, and with the background of a crowd in gasmasks gives it a serious and historic tone. The image in its entirety portrays the message that this is a historic moment to choose and take a stand for creativity over the “dollar dollar bill, y’all” as the Wu-Tang Clan so aptly puts it.

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