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Is media still covering Occupy or (always looking for click bait) are they just clowning around?
(photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters caption: New York Police Department officers arrest a member of the Occupy Wall St movement during a “national day of action” demonstration by the movement in New York February 29, 2012. )
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Bag’s Take-Away:One of the key images rising to the surface from “Eviction Tuesday.” You can’t arrest an idea, but you can try.
(photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters. caption: A police officer pointed a weapon at demonstrators in a tree as officers dismantled an Occupy Los Angeles encampment outside City Hall Wednesday. Police arrested about 200 people)
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:The symbolism should not be lost on anybody — seeing Occupy protesters marching for economic justice in front of the now shiny-gold Superdome where citizens died waiting for help from Katrina.
(photo: Matthew Hinton/The Times-Picayune caption: Occupy NOLA protesters parade past the Superdome Thursday, November 17, 2011 in New Orleans, La. The group formed out of solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City.) Via Occupy Movement Marks Two-Month Anniversary Nationwide | Denver Post
Bag’s Take-Away:Here come the OWS covers. NY Mag’s “Sucks To Be Us” cover features demoralized youth, the hyper-modern motif of the human billboard/protest sign and the play on Arab Spring with the dual Stars-and-Stripes and keffiyeh neck accessories. The twist is that the uprising means there might actually be some hope for the shoe-gazing “post-hope” generation.
Bag’s Take-Away:Cringe inducing image of cringe-less peaceful resistance. Sort of brilliant.
(photo: John Minchillo/Associated Press caption: An Occupy Wall Street protestor pressed his head into a police officer’s chest in New York Friday. The company that owns the park at the center of the Occupy Wall Street movement postponed a planned cleaning of the site, a New York City deputy mayor said early Friday.)
Bag’s Take-Away:What’s really knocking me out (and, from the beginning convinced me that Occupy Wall Street was going to gain traction) is the unique and daily creative and poignant mixing of metaphors and cultural symbolism. The photographer, Steven Boling, passed this along today from his website. This photo resonates in so many different directions, not just deepening how we relate to the word “occupy,” but also communicating how broadly the action is touching people, young and old, patriotic and anarchistic, vet and civilian. Of course, it’s also powerfully anti-war, as much from a moral standpoint as an economic one.
(photo: Steven Boling caption: Foley Square, Oct. 5, 2011, NYC.)
Bag’s Take-Away:Somewhat surprising we haven’t seen this before: the Merrill bull as false idol. Skyscrapers notwithstanding, the scene feels almost biblical. Make way for the Golden Calf!
(photo: Henny Ray Abrams/AP caption: A coalition of clergy carry a “False Idol” to the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 in New York. Having started in New York, Occupy Wall Streets demonstrations now take place all across the United States, as protesters speak out against corporate greed and the gap between the rich and the poor.)