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Occupy Wall Street can shake up a city—but can it create lasting change? via @grist

Occupy Wall Street can shake up a city—but can it create lasting change? via @grist

Photo: Lauren DeCicca via weeklydig "Mike check! "MIKE CHECK!" "Mike check!" "MIKE CHECK!" This call-and-response has become a familiar refrain for those who have attended Occupy Wall Street protests or followed the movement from afar. When police banned sound systems in many encampments, protesters responded by creating human amplifiers: Anyone who has something to say to the crowd cues up the mike, and people standing nearby chant the speaker's message in unison. The routine is a hallmark of the movement's spirit of plucky, hacker-style innovation and its egalitarian, anyone-gets-a-chance-to-speak ethos. It also gets incredibly tiresome. Once you've heard enough self-important babble parroted this way, you begin to cringe each time the fateful words are uttered: "Mike check!" Tuesday night, as the NYPD forced protesters out of Zuccotti Park and hauled off their tents and...

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