Revolutions via Social Media In Real Time
2011 has been sort of a revolutionary year. Starting in January with the overthrow of the dictatorship of Egypt, a domino effect hit the Middle East (and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter), erupting in significant protests, carnage, and changes in countries such as Libya, Tunisia, Burma, and Syria. Eventually this revolutionary spirit travelled across the Atlantic Ocean and landed in New York City. Three weeks after the historical event began, protesters issued its first copy of “The Occupy Wall Street Journal.” People have taken to the streets of the Financial District of Manhattan and have literally occupied the area.
Just like watching a movie in 3D, theories and ideals came alive for me and happened in real time. This protest is as a result of one percent of select Americans holding the bulk of wealth in a very tight vise. Out of frustration, people from all over the country came to New York City to let their voices be heard. There have been violent clashes and rising tension with law enforcement, and hundreds of people have been arrested.
The protesters are not fazed by this, however. In fact, the movement has gained momentum and has been felt across the globe. In addition to Occupy Wall Street, there has been Occupy Canada, Occupy Boston, Occupy Chicago, Occupy Atlanta, Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy the U.K., Occupy Rome; the list goes on. These global communities are sick and tired of bankers, investors, and brokers who are led by avarice.
People have taken to Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media that will be a platform for their causes. I and countless others are living, witnessing history as it occurs in real time. Are you watching it, too?
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