A Movie Guide to Occupy Wall Street
By Laurene Williams
Filmmakers Alex Gibney (“Enron”), Peter Joseph (“Zeitgeist”), Michael Moore (“Capitalism: A Love Story”) and Charles Ferguson (“Inside Job”) top the list of documentarians whose work scrutinizes the establishment and actually calls it what it is: damaged goods.
As Occupy Wall Street spawns a number of offshoots including Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Colleges and Occupy Seattle, its protestors defy boxes and squares, labels and tags and the status quo. Instead, these groups are a lightning rod for a dizzying array of America’s ills, from gargantuan student loans to joblessness to vampiric bankers.
CRY BABIES IN DIRTY UNDERWEAR
While OWS may be perceived as a collective expression of jealousy and the lazy man’s attempt at a money grab, it’s about humanity and our course for survival. The gripe: total disgust and dissatisfaction. The problem: our system. The system: ongoing crimes by the corporatocracy. The divide: political parties. The poison: money. The protestor: you. The goal: change. The modification plan: to be determined. [Listen to official OWS statement] [Read official OWS statement]
But what about our perceptions? How do we handle the media spin?
SHOOT THE MESSENGER, OR FLIP THE SCRIPT?
a. the mainstream media should deride the protestors for not having a clear list of policy demands that can lead to real change for the tanking economy.
b. the mainstream media should lambast the government and Wall Street for continuing to tank the economy.
c. the mainstream media is an obsolete, irrelevant tool of the corporatocracy.
BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS, OR SIGNALING THE ALARM BELL?
a. if a protestor is using an iPod, has an account on Google, pictures on Facebook, money at Chase, and receipts from Wal-mart, he/she is a hypocrite.
b. if a U.S. citizen sucks power from the electrical grid, drives a car, has plastic bottles, Tupperware, toys, pharmaceutical drugs, or telephones, and complains about gas prices or carbon emissions, he/she is a hypocrite.
c. since today’s protestors were born into a society where means of communication, clothing production, food production, and money distribution are provided and controlled by corporations, using cutting-edge technology to address societal problems is fair play.
TOP 10 WEB CLIPS
1. Quantitative Easing Explained
2. Trader on the BBC says Eurozone Market will crash
3. Financial Derivatives: What are They?
4. Jacque Fresco: US has never been a democracy
5. Who is Peter Joseph? by Charles Robinson
6. Occupy Wall Street Interview with Chris Hedges
7. Anonymous: the new face of cyber-war
8. Occupy Wall Street: Police brutality, media blackout
9. Jim Rogers America is Collapsing pt 1/5
10. RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms
OWNED OR OCCUPYING?