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Occupying America

Occupy Wall Street first begun its campaign September 17th, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, New York City. The Zuccotti Park Occupy Wall Street Public Relations states that “The original objectives of the OWS movement is to create a democratic process for addressing the problem of the power of Wall St. over our government and wealth inequality. At this point, the movement has grown and taken on many issues. The overall theme is that OWS wants true democracy where the 99% make decisions, not the 1% of the population that controls all of our wealth.”
This global movement, Occupy, has spread quickly, and is making an impact on society. The Occupy movement is represented in early every major City across America, and in major Cities around the World.
At Occupy Denver, located just across the Colorado State Capitol at Civic Center Park, protestors occupied the street and park. Having spoke in depth with three individuals, and a couple other participants, it was clear that the Occupy Denver movement had a different take than other cities. Three individuals, Matt, Dwayne Anthony Hudson Sr., and Tim Johnson all spoke their opinions regarding Occupy.
Dwayne Anthony Hudson Sr., was a very enthusiastic man who proudly stated “I am homeless, a veteran of the Vietnam War, and waiting for veteran housing”. Dwayne was also excited that on this particular Wednesday November 23, 2011 a vast majority were also African-American protestors. Dwayne explained that in order to make the Occupy movement successful, “America needs to bring more jobs back home” and he began to write his personal declaration, written in pros:
He continued to explain that “there is a better sense of community in the projects, where people have to work and help each other, whereas, in the suburbs – people leave their house, drive to work, come home, and stay in their house. No one out there truly knows their neighbor, yet they are only concerned with themselves.” Dwayne Hudson, although homeless, took the initiative to fight for something he strongly believed in, and continues to share his thoughts with those who take time and ask ‘why do you occupy Denver?’.
Tim Johnson, an actor and a protestor shown above, stated that he has “participated in protests since the late 1960’s” and has been to both Los Angeles and New York City Occupy Wall Street protests. Johnson has carried the same sign, he said, for a year now, it reads: “Apathy, Fear, Indifference Buy 1 Get 2 Free”. Johnson continued to explain that he wrote this sign, and initially stood in Cheery Creek alone to demonstrate that America is apathetic, fearful, and indifferent; meaning, America does not have feelings but for individuals selves, indifferent to what others do, and fearful of what will happen to their funding. Johnson believes that “America is falling into a downfall with their bad habits”. He continued to turn around and question me “look at the people in the park, now look at the number of people standing on the sidewalk with signs – the people who are sitting in the park would usually be there anyway, but they have conformed to the Occupy Denver, because of the food kitchen set up. Those of us who actively participate in the protest are displaying our signs, showing the public that we want change.
Current college and university students have also become part of the Occupy protest nationally. As written in The New York Times, Occupy Wall Street Protestors Shifting to College Campuses by Elizabeth Harris on November 13, 2011, states “[a]s city officials around the country move to disband Occupy Wall Street encampments amid growing concerns over health and public safety, protestors have begun to erect more tents on college campuses.” Further in her article, Harris explains that at “Berkeley, about 3,000 people gathered on Sproul Plaza to protest tuition increases, and many then set up a camp. Demonstrators linked arms to protest their tents, but police officers broke through and took down more than a dozen tents, arresting about 40 protestors. University officials said they had watched city governments struggle to deal with expanding campsites and decide to take a stricter line: no tents, no sleeping, period.”
While the University of California at Berkeley is taking the lead in national news for college protesting, and refuting the increase in college tuition. College students nationally are forming their opinion about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Students from various colleges across the country contributed their thoughts on the movement:

Overall, the student reaction to this movement is that without fundamental demands, and a form of structure, the Occupy Wall Street movement will not continue much longer – nor make an impact on the government regulations.
These thoughts contradict what protestors at Denver believed. Tim Johnson thinks that “this protest will continue on for another year or two, because we need to make change, and for that to happen, the policy must change so that we can make a difference.” Dwayne also believed that “this protest will last longer than some people think.”
Having had the opportunity to exchange remarks with Zuccotti Park OWS Public Relations individuals, a series of questions and answers are as follows:
What are the objectives of the OWS movement?
The original objectives of the OWS movement is to create a democratic process for addressing the problem of the power of Wall St. over our government and wealth inequality. At this point, the movement has grown and taken on many issues. The overall theme is that OWS wants true democracy where the 99% make decisions, not the 1% of the population that controls all of our wealth.
What does OWS want to see change?

We want to a return to real democracy. We doing this by organizing direct democracy in our own communities right now.
What goals does OWS have?

Our goal is to bring back true democracy and take the power back from the 1% who control all of the wealth. 

How many cities have participating movements?

According to the website, there are over 1200 cities that are having or planning on having Occupy events.

What seems intriguing is that, the individuals who reply to press inquires state that there is not a governing body that oversees what the various Occupy movements do across the country. Additionally, he OWS movements, according to officials in Zuccotti Park, state that “We want to a return to real democracy.” Democracy, as stated by the Merriaum-Webster dictionary, is
a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority

b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections
: a political unit that has a democratic government
capitalized : the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the United States
: the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority
: the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges”
The United States of America is founded upon a democratic society where individuals are elected for office, and the common people have a voice in their vote.
After speaking with OWS protestors, and PR individuals in New York City, it is apparent that the Occupy movement wishes for a new change in democracy – rather than “bring[ing] back true democracy and tak[ing] the power back from the 1% who control all of the wealth” making this country more equal among the citizens, and evening out the playing field for all. What the OWS people state, sounds like a resurrection in socialism: “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods” as stated by the Merrium-Webster Dictionary.
College students across the nation are attending courses to contribute to society, and find a career of their own – yet given the current economic situation where tuition is being raised, and the job market is scarce, students are still willing to continue their education, and form opinions of the government and Occupy Wall Street Movement.
Spencer Bakich, a government professor at Sweet Briar College states that his “ assessment of the OWS movement’s chance of affecting economic policy in the next year and a half is not favorable at all.  First, the only policy option on the radar presently is the President’s “jobs bill.”  This bill, which was put forth prior to the OWS’s emergence, stood little chance of passage because: 1) the Republicans control the House and 2) the Democrats do not hold a sizable enough majority in the Senate to beat back a filibuster. Second, the only pressure that OWS can exert is on the Democrats; OWS is not a part of any Republican’s constituency.  As such, the point made in 1 does not fundamentally change given 2.  Finally, OWS itself is, at present, an inchoate expression of discontent.  It lacks the organization and funding of the Tea Party on the right.  It is much more likely to fizzle than explode, in other words.”
Similarly, Joe Craig, an economics professor at Sweet Briar College also sates: “Have to be honest, I’m not sure it will have much effect on the government’s decision at all.  I think this is an issue that everyone knows about, and no one really knows how to fix.  Greed drives economics, and motivates people.  It’s very difficult to decide how much greed is enough, and what is too much.  That doesn’t mean it’s not a great idea or noble to try it.  I just doubt the effect it will have on government officials unless it is much larger than it currently is.”
For any resolution of the OWS movement, clear demands need to be developed.

Occupy Wall Street?

The movement that has been occupying public space since September 17th is still continuing today. The Occupy Wall Street movement has grown to just about every city across America, and even some cities abroad. With the financial situations both in America and Europe – people are starting to Occupy their cities to show that the rest of the citizens want a voice in democracy.

Many images show what is not being discussed, often high lighting the violence and disruption that this movement has caused. However, news articles discuss how yet another day has passed that protestors are still there, and oh yea there may have been some tiffs with police and people breaking the laws. However, what the public generally sees are people with their signs arguing how unfortunate their life has been because of the 1% policy makers. Yet, many of the younger generations have refuated with facts such as an image like this:

In correspondence with whomever was on email duty for replied to the following questions:

What are the objectives of the OWS movement?

The original objectives of the OWS movement is to create a democratic process for addressing the problem of the power of Wall St. over our government and wealth inequality. At this point, the movement has grown and taken on many issues. The overall theme is that OWS wants true democracy where the 99% make decisions, not the 1% of the population that controls all of our wealth.

What does OWS want to see change?

We want to a return to real democracy. We doing this by organizing direct democracy in our own communities right now.

Although this movement doesn’t seem to have any real goals behind their occupying phase, participants are still avidly partaking in protests across the Nation (and world) to show their dis-gratitude towards the 1% of Policy makers.
To further my research, I’ve been collecting materials from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and general articles and images found on google or via the SBC library site. I’ve also emailed professors, and messaged people via Facebook to get an average person’s oppinion of the OWS movement, especially focusing on the younger college generation as they are the next to enter the work force and contribute towards the economy.
When I started emailing people – many of whom I had gone to school with, but since lost contact, many were happy to reply with their view on the situation, and gladly offered their two cents. In peer conversation, I have also gotten a sense that the OWS movement has turned into something that is more of a joke, now with And yes, Michale Moore has joined the OWS bandwagon – viewers may see another film soon … and even South Park has mocked the OWS movement.
What was a movement for people to gather in hopes of radically changing policy makers minds, has now become a movement where the average American is confused with what the OWS demands are, and frequently mocks the situation.

Social Media, not just a fad.


The State Of Social Media 2011: Social Is The New Normal

BY FC Expert Blogger Brian SolisMon Oct 17, 2011

This blog is written by a member of our expert blogging community and expresses that expert’s views alone.

This post is one in a series introducing my new book, The End of Business as Usual.

The state of social media is no insignificant affair. Nor is it a conversation relegated to a niche contingent of experts and gurus. Social media is pervasive and it is transforming how people find and share information and how they connect and collaborate with one another. I say that as if I’m removed from the media and cultural (r)evolution that is digital socioeconomics. But in reality, I’m part of it just like everyone else. You and I both know however, that’ I’m not saying anything you don’t already know.

Social media is clearly becoming the new normal. For the last several years, simply adding the word “social” in front of anything and everything from media and gaming to commerce and CRM to business and consumerism, it’s clear that we are finally approaching the end of the hype curve to start making sense of what it all means and just how far it applies to the future of business and media.

But as social media becomes part of our cultural fabric and even as we witness businesses, governments, sports teams, and almost every organization socialize communication efforts today, much of what we see is merely the beginning of something that will one day become something far more important than the medium itself. Indeed, social media is affecting behavior and nothing is more important than the ability to influence decisions and ultimately behavior. The state of social media is not necessarily as much about which network is #winning as much as it is about how people are spending their time, interacting and connecting with one another, and what happens as a result.

To demonstrate this point, let’s review the profound findings from the recently released Nielsen Social Media Report.

1) Skeptics will now be recognized as laggards as they now officially stand in the way of progress. According to Nielsen, and well, reality, social media isn’t a fad. The report opens with a key finding that social networks and blogs dominate how Americans spend their time online, which accounts for nearly 25% of their total time spent on the Internet.

2) Four out of five active internet users aka everyday people visit social networks.

3) Looking beyond the U.S., in 10 major global markets, social networks and blogs reach over 75% of active Internet users.

4) 60 percent of people who use three or more digital means of research for product purchases learned about a specific brand or retailer from a social networking site. And, 48% of these consumers responded to a retailer’s offer posted on Facebook or Twitter.

5) 70 percent of active online adult social networkers shop online.

6) 53 percent of active adult social networkers follow a brand.

7) Tumblr nearly tripled its audience from just one year ago.

As a brand, Nielsen’s report gives us both validation and insight into the importance of social media in the business mix. But just who’s driving the growth? Understanding the demographics and also psychographics of social media users will help us more effectively connect our brand story to the needs and behavior of the social consumer. Nielsen reminds us that women make up the majority of visitors to social networks and blogs. The 18-34 segment boasts the highest concentration of active visitors among all age groups. Americans aged 35-49 are avid visitors as well as they are 4% more likely than average consumers to visit social networks and blogs than they do any other site. We’ve also learned in previous reports that Boomers are also flocking to social networks, with the adoption of social networks such as Facebook by the over 50 contingent growing by over 88%.

As I’ve long maintained, Facebook is the homepage for the social Web of the most progressive businesses. According to Pingdom, with 800 million users, Facebook is now the size of the entire Internet in 2004. And, as Nielsen shows us, at 53.5%, Facebook accounts for the majority of total time spent online.

Of course, social media is only part of the story. How consumers access the Internet and social networks alike counts for everything. As you can see, 37% of people access social networks from their mobile phone. Social networks aside, if your business isn’t creating dedicated online experiences for mobile devices, you’re missing a tremendous opportunity to connect with consumers.

Consumer activity is focused squarely on social networking in addition to accessing music, Web browsing, and GPS functionality. Engagement through content and 1:1 interaction is critical in earning relevance and attention in a new era of consumerism.

Social networking apps are up a whopping 30% from third quarter 2010. At the top of the list is Facebook with mobile usage dominated by 25-34 year-olds at 29% followed equally by those 18-24 and 35-44 at 20%. Access to social networks from mobile phones is up significantly among older demographics from just last year. Mobile usage among those over 55 jumped by 109% and those 35-54 grew by 68%.

Those active within social networks wield far greater influence offline than their more traditional counterparts. While we understand that consumers trust the recommendations of their peers, research by NM Incite reveals that 60% of social media users review products and services and is also their preferred source for information about the products they too consider. As you can see above, their effects are also felt offline. 33% are more likely to share their opinion on TV programs. 75% are more likely to be heavy spenders on music. Almost 50% are likely to spend significantly on clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Over the years, I’ve researched the gap that exists between what businesses think consumers want in social networks and what it is that they really want or expect. As you can imagine, there’s a significant delta between each and here, Nielsen delved a bit deeper to share insights into specific brand-related behavior by consumers in social networks. Much of their time is spent in pre-commerce phase of decision making, reading consumer feedback and learning about products. At the point of the decision, they seek to obtain coupons and promotions. Post commerce, they’re actively posting positive or negative feedback, thus influencing the decisions of others.

The dominance of social networking isn’t relegated to the United States, it is indeed a global phenomenon…and a way of digital life. Nielsen discovered that social networks and blogs are the top online destination accounting for the majority of time spent online, reaching at least 60% of active Internet users in the following countries:

1. Australia
2. Brazil
3. France
4. Germany
5. Italy
6. Japan
7. Spain
8. Switzerland
9. U.S.
10. U.K.

The End of Social Media 1.0

Social media is approaching a much needed maturity cycle where each word “social” and “Media” will no longer unite as an oxymoron, but instead as a true statement in how businesses and customers connect online. As a disruptor to everyday business, social media is forcing us to rethink everything. It is in many ways just like starting over. We are relearning and questioning everything and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. From creative and messaging to execution and measurement to service and loyalty, we now must look at applying more sophisticated and meaningful programs that combine social and media into a powerful form of engagement and leadership.

We will one day soon realize the day when “social” becomes part of the everyday construct in how people talk to one another and how we collaborate to solve for whatever brings us together. In the mean time, socializing media is only half as important as improving relationships and experiences within digital landscapes.

What do you think is different about today…what makes this the end of business as usual?

Writers Independence

In the article “The Klavaliers Ride To a Fall” From The Klan Unmasked,1954 by Stetson Kennedy is an article that gives a first hand insight to the KKK. This article reads more like a story, until the end when the writer tries to contact the outside to report to the F.B.I. of the happenings of the nights killing events. While this story reads more like at first, describing whats happening, the setting, and how the writer is involved in the Klavaliers as a newbie. The story is set up from start of finish as a plan: step one – meet, step two- implement, step three- take action, step three and a half – independently try to report the events of the Klavaliers actions. Kennedy is independent from his piece of work, he is established as a newbie in the klan and is to partake in the killing by starting the night as the starting point and sending the KKK on their way. However, as the article entails, Kennedy is disgusted with what all the KKK find joy in. Kennedy is independent from the beliefs of the society he has emerged himself in to get a story. Kennedy also reevaluates his decision of partaking in the KKK events as every action of harming another makes him sick, yet he must look like he is partaking. While Kennedy’s beliefs are different from that of his new emerged culture, he holds is beliefs separate and conforms to the new society to understand their ways and reluctantly helps with a murder.




That Dreaded Day

September 11th has always been the day before my birthday. So waking up that morning I was getting excited for my birthday the following day. Bouncing down the stairs, in what I though was an appropriate pre-birthday outfit, my parents had the TV on the news as usual before we left for school. Not but three steps down, my mom said “Come here, look at this, planes are hitting the building, look how impressive the destruction is” and later when images showed individuals jumping we mocked “if you’re going to die from this, you may as well jump out and enjoy the rush”. Needless to say, it put a damper on my day – and we all drove to school that morning silently, listening to the radio, thinking who’s next… Later that day, my friends and I found out from our parents who called and left message for us – because my school choose not to tell us what else was happening, or display it on TV. Being in the middle of Colorado, I decided that I was probably safe if anything else happened, because NORAD was basically in our back yard. I remember seeing the deep sadness, shock, and fear of what had happened to great cities. September 11th, was a sad day, but being so far away and removed from the situation I didn’t feel completely affected by the tragedy, until I found out my cousin was visiting New York City and had been in the Twin Towers the day before. Then I realized how grief stricken the families of individuals who worked there were, and the aftermath of the dust and debris made a city so beautiful, so devastated. September 11th, the day before my birthday, I remember the amazing images of destruction, and I surrendered my happiness.



Dead Men Tell No Tales

This article starts with the title “A Hero’s Legend and a Stolen Skull Rustle Up a DNA Drama” and the lede exemplifies the title and furthermore entices the readers curiosity “MELBOURNE, Australia — Even with the best scientific techniques, you can’t always get what you want. But if you try, as the Rolling Stones put it, sometimes you get what you need.”
This article further explains that in 1929, when digging started a mass grave was found, and the bones belonging to Ned Kelly and Frederick Bailey Deeming (who may have been Jack the Ripper) were found. Shiesty school children and onlookers stole some of the bones found, possibly including Ned Kelly’s skull. The remains were sent to a jail for examination and reburial, while the skull took a mysterious journey of its own. The grand tale of Ned Kelly, as told via this article, is that “Born about 1854 to an Irish convict exiled to Australia, Kelly became a folk hero as a very young man. He took up arms against a corrupt British constabulary, robbed banks and wrote an explosive manifesto. He was shot and arrested in a final shootout in which he wore homemade metal armor, and in 1880 he was hanged by the Anglo-Irish establishment he despised. Kelly’s famous death outfit including boots, bag, death mask, and sash… were unable to provide any matching DNA to correlated to the skull found and the historic Ned Kelly apparel. Still on the search, scientists have been looking for this national hero’s skull to complete the remains.



Curiosity Killed the Cat

In an article titled Over the Alps on a Bike With a Boost had to keep reading. Having submerged myself (ok sort of) into the cycling world, I had to read the article about bikes… as I do with all other news articles regarding cycling or bicycles. What grabbed my attention with this lead were three main components: 1) the Alps… those are big mountains to ride 2) Bike – I immediately wondered how this news article was related to cycling and the author 3) Boost. I had no clue what that meant, and wondered if the article was still about cycling. With the three of these key words, for me, the reader, I was very interested to keep reading, and learn more. Finishing the article, I discovered that it was an interesting personal story about a guy and this special bike on a beautiful tour through the Alps… as the title alluded to.