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.
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.
Read the original article here: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2101745_2102132,00.html?artId=2101745?contType=article?chn=specials