Our reading for tomorrow is packed with information about the occupy movement. Several things popped out to me during this reading, but I really got thinking after reading this passage on pg. 178:
“Since most occupations created their own website, all the guidelines for organization and the experiences in collaborative decision-making were posted and communicated throughout the network of occupations. This is how a largely common organizational pattern emerged.”
My initial reaction was that it is good for there to be a common organizational pattern, but then that made me wonder if in different places, there might be different specific issues people could advocate for. Still, I believe that having a loud collective voice from all sorts of places asking for democracy over corporatocracy makes an impact on people’s thinking.
Having websites enabled these different occupations to form some sort of norm. This allowed visitors from out of town to stop by different occupations, and almost tour between them. I believe the occupy movement sends a good message, and I spent some brief time at both the Portland and Los Angeles occupations. I never realized that a major part of how these movements had so much organization without a firm top-down leadership was transparency through the internet. Youtube and other news media sources exposed a lot about the movement to the public, but for people interested in having an active role in the organization of occupations, they referred to different occupations’ web pages frequently.
In a way, occupations that had informative web pages became extra influential, because people used their information as research for creating their own occupations. This reminded me of the status an organization or company gets when it has a webpage. Do ya’ll think there is a distinct difference between having an actual webpage vs. something like a tumblr or facebook or some other kind of page?