So I just recently read a comment one of my first posts on this blog titled Music is the Answer. Jennabeaver left an excellent comment with a question that I had to investigate further. She wondered who the “underground DJ” for the OWS movement was. Who it was that initially brought so many people together that it would be put in this history books. And I think I now have an answer to that question.
As we all know, this is the “year of the protestor”. I firmly believe that one of the reasons the OWS protests started and started with the fire they had was because there were so many other protests going on in the world at the same time. This year protesting was the new epidemic and those in the USA quickly caught it. There were Greece’s and Spain’s anti-austerity protests of the indignants, the British student protests of 2010, and of course the Arab Spring protests. However there were key people that definitely carried the straw that broke the camel’s back. An email conversation between Kalle Lasn, founder of the Canadian-based Adbusters Media Foundation and Micah White, Adbuster’s senior editor in which they formed the idea to have an occupation in Manhattan in early June 2011 was this straw. Lasn organized the movement’s website occupywallstreet.org on June 9th. According to Micah White the idea was then “spontaneously taken up by all the people of the world.” Adbusters proposed a peaceful occupation of Wall Street to protest the corporate influence on democracy, the increasing disparity in wealth, and for the lack of legal consequences for those who brought about the global crisis of monetary insolvency. The rest is history.
In my original post I discussed the similarities between the OWS movement and the electronic music dance scene. This is one thing they do not have in common. Bill Wasik’s article talked about how just one DJ through one twitter post. The OWS movement took a little more time and energy, and multiple people working together. The masses were there, they were just waiting for a leader(s). But what does this mean, why is this significant? This shows the OWS movement is not about one person, it’s about a whole lot of people. 99% of them, in fact. The power behind this OWS movement is not a leader with great public speaking skills, it’s about a community of equal but different people who come together to achieve what they all feel they deserve.
I would like to thank Jennabeaver for her comment on my earlier post. It’s incredible to me what can be accomplished when one person says what’s on the mind of thousands. What do you have to say? Turns out a lot more people could feel the same way.