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#OccupyWallStreet as a '21st Century Movement'

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, October 5 2011

The media's difficulty in understanding Occupy Wall Street's message and goals stems from an inability to understand a 21st-century movement, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff writes for CNN:

To be fair, the reason why some mainstream news journalists and many of the audiences they serve see the Occupy Wall Street protests as incoherent is because the press and the public are themselves. It is difficult to comprehend a 21st century movement from the perspective of the 20th century politics, media, and economics in which we are still steeped.

In fact, we are witnessing America's first true Internet-era movement, which -- unlike civil rights protests, labor marches, or even the Obama campaign -- does not take its cue from a charismatic leader, express itself in bumper-sticker-length goals and understand itself as having a particular endpoint.

Some of those 20th-century organizations — big labor unions — are listening to speeches in Foley Square here in New York City as I write, with the Occupy Wall Street folks march up to collect them en route to the Financial District. TechPresident is headed down to watch.

As is usually the case, the Guardian also has a very helpful live blog.