OWS had its fair share of problems, but its message was honestly needed. It was a huge inspiration for me and spurred me to a lot of political growth. Reading these articles is thoroughly depressing because they are so full of hope that OWS is going to change everything, it’s finally making us wake up and is going to make the world a better place for the 99%!!
We woke up, and we were squashed. The police served their purpose. And while the movement has certainly planted seeds, its effects are not as far reaching as anybody hoped. They are buried deep in the psyche of the people, but nowhere near as explosive as it had been or needs to be.
But social media’s use as an incredibly effective tool for social movements as it was during OWS is always fascinating to me. And I think that its importance is often downplayed in mainstream media for fairly obvious reasons.