Jaffe Response 2- Occupy/BLM

Both Black Lives Matter and Occupy utilized the internet and social media at what I would say is the best ever yet. These two movements took over everyone’s social media even Occupy when I was still in high school. Flooding the peoples’ feeds with videos or memes, the internet pop culture drug we all know and love, aided both of these amazingly. It was easy to join the Occupy movement, it was not a formal invitation or act that got you into it. You could become a part of it just by sharing its views and breaking into peoples’ media (p40-41). One great thing I adored of Occupy is that it didn’t seem to have any leader, as Jaffe states it has an attribute what is called horizontalism, which is what drove me and many other in. Horizontalism is the belief no one person or peoples are more important than others (p.40-41). This idea rose because so many of the occupy movements came from those who felt disenfranchised by big companies and banks who constantly got bailed out while their families lost houses and jobs. Occupy does seem to have a .org website with an open forum,

One great thing I adored of Occupy is that it didn’t seem to have any leader, as Jaffe states it has an attribute what is called horizontalism, which is what drove me and many other in. Horizontalism is the belief no one person or peoples are more important than others (p.40-41). This idea rose because so many of the occupy movements came from those who felt disenfranchised by big companies and banks who constantly got bailed out while their families lost houses and jobs.

Occupy does seem to have a .org website with an open forum, here. However, this is only the first google search of “occupy” and many of sites do show up. There may have been some people who first initiated the first march/protest, however, some sites talk about how Occupy allowed for millions of people on the internet to post anonymously or send support around the internet to aid in the physical marches. Some blogs or websites talk about the “founders” of wall street but most likely they are those people who worked most in the beginning to start the movements. BLM does have founders, clear cut, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi; Garza being the name I see the most within media. This is one problem I have with the BLM movement, these founders seem to allow an idea of elitism. They’re the big names and the familiar faces that always get interviewed. However, both has utilized the internet taking almost all major media outputs to talk about the movements whether it be good or bad, or even ugly. Black Lives Matter uses its most significant hashtag #BLM and uses others like the victim names as hashtags and a very famous one being #Icantbreathe which

However, both has utilized the internet taking almost all major media outputs to talk about the movements whether it be good or bad, or even ugly. Black Lives Matter uses its most significant hashtag #BLM and uses others like the victim names as hashtags and a very famous one being #Icantbreathe which were Eric Garner’s last words as he laid on the ground with police over him. Occupy has the signature #Occupy____. The blank indicated the name of the march or place being ‘occupied’. One most recently being #OccupyInaguration. Even before the media picked up on these movements they started out and spread as internet viral movements and ideas. The internet and its users are going to be a pivotal asset in the future movements.

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  1. Pingback: Project 2 – Occupy, the Internet, and Communism – Crown the People

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