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Bag’s Take-Aways from #OWS #N17:Dreadful.
(photo: Mike Segar/Reuters caption: An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is arrested by New York City Police during what protest organizers called a “Day of Action” in New York November 17, 2011. Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched through New York’s financial district toward the stock exchange on Thursday to protest economic inequality at the heart of American capitalism.)
Bag’s Take-Away:I’d say she’s feeling a bit more than 1% defensive about Occupy. And then, it’s a great example of the class divide, especially when you consider that the women and the kid in the beard share the same color scheme … though I doubt his shirt came from Neiman Marcus.
(photo: Mary Altaffer/AP caption: A woman argues with demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement lock arms as they block Broad Street, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 in New York.)
Bag’s Take-Away:If there’s an iconic shot from today’s OWS face off, it’s the kinetic one of NYPD’s long sticks. (Kinetic meaning, in use.)
(photo: Robt Stolarik/NY Times caption: Officers with batons moved on the crowd on Beaver Street near Broad Street.)
Here’s a rough edit offering last night’s iconic photo of the White Shirts manhandling Occupier youth as Zuccotti was taken, along with eviction stills from CNN. The second is more telling in terms of the massiveness of the police presence crawling over the place like ants. But, of course, the key juxtaposition is between #1 and #3.
The battle here is a massive PR war — the struggle for hearts and minds — playing out between the protesters and the city in front of the media. So the real question is: did this Reuters photo win the action for Occupy, or will the Mayor’s gambit work? In other words, following Bloomberg’s bet, will more people sympathize with the police based on floods of grimy shots of NYC’s sanitation force cleaning up the remains?
(photo 1: Lucas Jackson/Reuters. caption: A New York City police officer scuffled with protesters on Tuesday.)