#OccupyWallStreet

I was tracking the #OccupyWallStreet phenomenon from when it was just a twinkle in Anonymous’s eye.

As usual, the Anonymous twitter leaders talked it up, and went ahead despite fairly withering criticism. Then it looked like it was going to flop.

Numbers were low, Tweets begging people to bring blankets and sandwiches to the occupiers were mocked by critics pointing out they had 6 months of preparation. And worst of all, the mainstream media completely ignored the protest.

Then the NYPD maced those women for no good reason, and the whole thing flipped.

Now you have a fairly interesting situation.

The Unions are involved. They scented the media attention and rushed in to share the spotlight, but what they have found is a typical “anonymous” rabble: No coherent demands, no focus, no agenda and no leadership.

The original band of hippies and griefers that started the protest have no been joined by semi-professional grievance mongers and it will be fascinating to see if the movement can actually articulate an agenda, or will diffuse into nothing.

The most interesting thing for me is that the media are no acknowledging Anonymous at all in their coverage. They definitely started it. It was an anonymous operation, and now its being hijacked by the Unions, it remains tio be seen what will happen.

See also:

  • Why Did Liberals Embrace ‘Occupy Wall Street’? (Hint: They’re Obsessed With the Tea Party.) [The New Republic]
  • Occupy Wall Street, another futile peasants’ protest [Fabius Maximus]

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