Occupy Together, Globally.
// Posted by Jorien on 03/26/2013 (12:01 AM)
The Occupy Wall Street Movement spread quickly within the United Stated through the use of social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. Another way of portraying their message on the web was by utilizing videos that depicted the protests at that particular moment. The movement spread globally, all supporting the idea that there should be a change for the 99% against the 1% of the people.
Inspired by the Arab Spring, the protesters used Twitter to get their word out. Since all of it was online, more countries became aware of the tweets and YouTube videos. Since there was no real leadership in the movements and the requests remained ambiguous, did the movements differ from each other? What is visible in the different protests around the world is that most of them take on the same form. Large demonstrations in which people were holding signs in important public spaces of the city. Mainly nonviolent protests by occupying the squares, but there were a few exceptions; such as protests in Rome and different violent arrests by the police.
By spreading videos of ongoing protests, people could feel some of the same emotions as by the Occupy Wall Street and became inspired. The Australian Alex Gard said that he felt empowered by seeing the videos, it made people feel united in the group even though the movement was not organized in a central way. The movement then spread further via Facebook; local groups formulated protest pages that got several followers. The largest pages were in Spain and Italy where the economic crisis hit.
In order for the people to be aware of the public meetings and general assemblies they could follow the different facebook pages, however another option was the local websites: occupymelbourne.org, occupyamsterdam.org, or occupyitaly.org. On these websites it explains all the ideals and where the next protests take place. Even though the movement does not convey a clear objective, it seems like it spread globally and made people motivate to stand behind these.
Do you think the lack leadership and the somewhat indefinite ideals made the movement less credible? Or the fact that it spread globally, does that prove that the movement worked or did the protests only occur once?