Occupy Wall Street Has No 'Message', But It Has A Reason
By Jason Fitzgerald PhD candidate in Theatre and English at Columbia University
As reported in the Huffington Post
One of the most well-rehearsed axioms of the Occupy Wall Street event is that "the media does not know how to talk about it," and, as a result, is talking about it to as minimal an extent as is possible. Fortunately for the occupation's supporters, their presence is getting harder and harder to ignore. And so the media's problem is slowly but steadily becoming the nation's problem.
When I joined in the Solidarity March today along with fellow students from Columbia, NYU, CUNY, and SUNY, not to mention an impressive number of labor organizations, I was approached by two different broadcast journalists for interviews.
The first identified himself as "Kuwaiti television," and the second identified herself as "from CUNY." Each newscaster thrust a microphone in my face and asked the same question, "Why are you here?" I could not escape the feeling that they were speaking for the entire country, maybe the world, and that somehow, if the answer to the question could be "discovered," all the cameras would pack up and go home, relieved not to have to be in downtown Manhattan anymore.
We must begin by acknowledging that the first fundamental fact of Occupy Wall Street is that it has no message. It is not a localized policy march, like a march for same-sex marriage equality or for a university living wage or for a political candidate. Occupy Wall Street is unlike any of these protest-type gatherings for the simple reason that it cannot be talked about in familiar terms.
Go to Source...click here
The "meaning" of the occupation will emerge over time, both by the intellectuals and journalists