I enjoyed reading the “Occupy Wall Street: Harvesting The Salt of the Earth” chapter in Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age by Castells. I didn’t know much about the Occupy Movement until this reading. I was a first-year in high school when the Occupy Movement began and I didn’t really follow news on the protests at the time. The Castells reading clarified the history, goals and outcomes of the Movement and cleared up some questions I had about the participants’ intentions.
I liked how Castells described Occupy as “a hybrid network movement that links cyberspace and urban space…” The Occupy participants took action both online and in the streets to make their message heard. I knew that participants led protests in cities nationwide, but I didn’t realize that some occupy movements set up camps with tents, kitchens, community gardens and child care centers. These groups were living up to the movements name by literally occupying space. These camps reminded people of the Occupy Movement and showed that participants were serious about actualizing the Movements goals.