Can you spell “success” without OWS?

In a Washington Post article published last October, journalist Heather Gautney explores the Occupy Wall Street movement, and how it operates as a leaderless movement. She compared OWS to successful leaderless movements such as the feminist movement in the 60s and 70s and gay-rights activism. Both of these movements had a common goal: consciousness-raising. The main focus was to raise awareness of their respective issues, and in that sense, these movements were successful. Using this same definition of success, is the OWS movement a success? Considering all of the media attention it has received since it started up last autumn, the Occupy Wall Street movement has definitely reached its goal of raising awareness on the issue of economic inequality (the problem of the 99%). However, how do we know that the goal of the OWS movement is to only gain social awareness? Since there are no true leaders, it’s hard to determine what goals, if any, the movement has set out to achieve. Most would think that besides raising awareness, the protestors wish to accomplish some change in policies that will fix the disparity between the 1% and the 99%. If, this is their ultimate goal, then it is too soon to tell whether or not the movement will have any effect on changing our “failed democracy” into a “true representative democracy”. However, it has been almost 8 months since the movement has started and no policy changes have been made, the 99% still face the same “hardships” they did before, and media coverage of the movement seems to be dwindling. We can only tell with time whether or not this movement will actually make a difference, and cause some change.



3 responses to “Can you spell “success” without OWS?

  1. coffeeshoprhino

    The gay rights and feminist movement had defacto figure heads. Does OWS have that? Would it matter if they did?

  2. The protesters need to be careful about defining exactly what they want to be the end product of this movement. At the moment, a lot of their artwork and propaganda is resembling the art from the Soviet Union during the early 20th century, as I have talked about in a few of my recent posts. Do you think that there might be the possibility of a turn toward socialism with the demands that OWS seems to be wanting, and what do you think the reactions could be, if there is a move toward more socialist goals?

  3. Pingback: Story, Brand, and Equity. OWS or Ad? | Occupy Wall Street Analysis

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