Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Publish a Real Newspaper

I had to smile when I read in the New York Times that the Occupy Wall Street protesters were publishing a newspaper called The Occupied Wall Street Journal. According to the article, it is a well written, well produced four-page paper that explains the purpose of the protest. I love this endeavor for two reasons:

First, that a protest which has grown via use of various digital media is finding value in the power of the printed word in a real newspaper. They are following the traditions of upsets and revolutions of the past - put it in print. (Thanks, Ben Franklin and Martin Luther.)

Second, that in order to publish the paper, they had to raise funding (venture capital for an anti-capitalist movement). They put out a request via Kickstarter.com  and also wound up getting some of their funding from none other than Michael Moore. Even people who would love to overthrow our current system still find that money is useful, in addition to traditional media.

Read the whole article:
Published: October 9, 2011
Even in an environment preoccupied with digital media, a newspaper has gained traction as a tool of protest at the Occupy Wall Street rallies.
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