21 Nov '11, 10pm

Unboxing Occupy Wall Street: We still don’t know what it is, and that’s good, by @drgrist #OWS

Unboxing Occupy Wall Street: We still don’t know what it is, and that’s good, by @drgrist #OWS

Photo: Martin Reis When I first heard about Occupy Wall Street (henceforth OWS), I was dismissive. Worse, I was dismissive in a smug, insider, hippie-punching sort of way. I immediately put it into a box: confused and easily dismissed lefty protests filled with Free Mumia signs, giant puppets, and drum circles. As it turned out, I was right about the drum circles, but wrong about pretty much everything else. My sin was not so much that I put OWS in the wrong box, but that I was so eager to box it at all. The most amazing thing about the entire phenomenon, to me, is how long and how totally it has resisted simple categorization. That is a rare thing in this era of late capitalism, when everything is instantly branded and marketed to death. The introduction of genuine novelty, of possibility , is a precious thing of great power; I should have recognized that. I've been strug...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-11-21-unboxing-occupy-w...

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