When I was first hearing about the Occupy Wall Street movement I was amused. “Good”, I thought, “Give them some shit for fucking everything up”. It was easy to just get everyone to smirk a little and move on to the next tweet. Then it evolved into Occupy Anywhere-We-Can-Get-Attention-At, with the demand to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, that is where their demands ended.
Effective protests come with concrete demands. So what exactly does the Occupy movement want? What laws does it want passed/adjusted? As far as I can tell, it begins and ends in expressing anger that rich people are good at getting richer at the expense of poor people. I’d love for the movement to succeed, but I get the feeling this is a movement that wants an end result yet has no idea how to get there.
However, I’ve been seeing a lot of snarky comments on various sites directed at the movement that might be undeserved. Things like “I wonder how many of the Occupy protestors are using their fancy smartphones to tweet about the protest” or “I just saw a protestor come into a Caribou Coffee with a professionally printed Occupy [Whatever] shirt to order a bunch of coffee”…as though just because you are a part of the movement it means you have to live like its the 19th century. However, until they clearly define their goals, they may have earned the eye rolls they get at Caribou Coffee. I know that they just want to feel like the financial system in America is fair, that they don’t have to victimized by a system that they are barely involved in, and have a decent cup of coffee while they do it. I just think they would be better off with a better strategy than “yell really loud until we get what we want”.