After the major nationwide bust of Occupy activities in the past 48 hours that continues today, with hundreds of American citizens being gassed in their own streets and parks, and arrested with police-state tactics around the country, I went to the BBC and Reuters today to see what was happening.
Not surprisingly, I had to hunt and dig (and still come up empty-handed) on stories related to Occupy Movement (OM) protests. Giving credit to Reuters at least for some sensibility in explaining what is going on, I did find this on the U.S. news page there, down the list:
New risk for Occupy Wall Street: less media interest
According to Reuters, the Occupy movement is experiencing “less media interest” as the media covers more relevant news. Of course, one cannot expect the media to express a media blackout in other terms. Reuters also said that the Pew Research Institute reported a peak of 10 percent the week ended October 16 that dropped to “just 4 percent of news coverage, according to the latest version of the index, about the same as the mass release of exotic animals in Ohio.”
So, the global and subsequent national uprising you can see in the data graph and file provided by The Guardian for around the time of the peak, has disappeared, diminished to a localized incident the size of one lone singular state out of 50, where every creature save one, a monkey, was shot to death in order to keep the peace.
So what else is this headline really saying? Again, it zeroes in on Occupy Wall Street instead of the entire national/international Occupy Movement. Is it only OWS that is going to suffer this ‘lack of interest’ by the media? Well, hardly. Here’s a picture of what was going on two weeks ago, which in reality has only gotten ‘worse.’
These protests graphed here from mid-October have spread like wildfire, even like wild animals released from captivity. Are we really to believe that this kind of activity — mind you, this is The Guardian here, not the Murdoch Empire or scary Weekly World News tabloid or even the BBC or Reuters – reporting with the infograph and data files showing all the protests then scheduled: Occupy Data Files.
Are we to believe things have gotten quieter? Well, the media hints in the Reuters article that it will not be reporting on OM because it is the ‘same old, same old’ kind of protesting. It’s just not that important. It’s yesterday’s news. What, are we crazy?
Of course we all know it was new media and social networking that led to the Arab Spring and Barcelona protests that police broke up this summer in Spain, which I was fortunate to be there to experience. But if this infographic and the data chart were news on such a scale as evidenced visually just a short time ago this month, where did it all go?
It went to today: gassing, flashbanging, and other police-state tactics now being incorporated nationally, and being under-reported by the major media networks. For example, on what major news network did you see this — which under normal conditions where the ‘bewildered herd’ (Lippmann, Dewey, Chomsky) is complacent would have been headlined and followed through for days on end by every major network:
You didn’t see this, and plenty more like it. And it looks like the media has now officially blacked out the movement. Are you seeing patterns here between what is happening in the United States and Egypt, Syria, etc. as those people ran into the streets in protest and were blacked out by their sovereign media and beaten back by their law enforcement? Just because what is happening here is happening under the guise of ‘democracy’ does that mean something different is going on here?
Here is one way to look at it: The 1% can only be shaken when their big guns of law enforcement and the media are subject to the inner call of the 99%. Even if their ‘cronies’ misfire, the media is
capable of brushing it off with nonreporting and capable of doing it collectively, as ‘The Media.’ That is one reason why media ownership is a problem: they don’t report with any accountability on themselves.
Okay, so let’s suppose this is the end of OM: Nobody in America dies in the protests, the elites have set up their Befriend a CEO website, the media has returned to business as usual (big business), and the hippie protesters have been removed from America’s parks and streets after being painted by the media as a menace to society that needs to go away, and will, through deliberate lack of media exposure: nonreporting.
Here are five of the good things, perhaps a manifesto of sorts, coming out of the 99% uprisings, things that will last:
1. Further, deeper exposure of the media as the right arm of the elite permanently liaised with corporations and law enforcement to secure elite assets and protect them at any cost to society.
2. And that is further revelation of how the forthcoming global surveillanced police-state will operate once in full swing.
3. Continuously affirming and confirming evidence that the system is truly perverted and a serious loss of democratic principles for the average American citizen.
4. Deeper understanding of subversiveness by a generation of young people, and additionally large segments of the population, preparing them all for what is to come.
5. An early start by this youngest adult generation on civil disobedience and coping mechanisms that will be valuable in any future world controlled by the uncontrollable greed of an untouchable elite and resistant to democratic reformation or citizen change.
So, anyway, if you’ve read this far and seen the pretty pictures and maybe, but not likely, watched the video, you must be a little sleepy and ready to settle in with your own videos? Well, no problem. Just sit back and relax. Grab a beer, and the remote, and enjoy the rest of this autumn evening flipping through Netflix if you still subscribe as you probably do because stockholders have bailed more than couch potatoes.
First recommendation for the evening, despite Keanu Reeves’ stinted acting ability prior to The Matrix, is Johnny Mnemonic. Ahhh, realize it’s okay if you just don’t ‘get it’ because there’s really plenty of eye candy and whiz bang to fully satisfy.
When it’s time for your double feature to fully kick in, second recommendation is John Carpenter’s They Live. Oh, yeah, it’s dated. But you’ll get this one. Yet chances are you’ll be left wondering why both movies have preachers in them, and how Meg Foster can look so freakin’ hot. Damn! What else was she in…?
Oh yeah, good thing that jerk said that’s all the news there is for today. I’m so sleepy….