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Canadian activists put out a simple Twitter hashtag: #OccupyWallStreet. After that, ‘it just went crazy’ by Omar El Akkad

Canadian activists put out a simple Twitter hashtag: #OccupyWallStreet. After that, ‘it just went crazy’ by Omar El Akkad | Twit4D | Scoop.it
The genesis of Occupy Wall Street can be traced back to a group of Canadian activists and a picture of a ballerina poised atop a charging bull.

Fuelled by millions of mostly young protesters around the world, the Occupy Wall Street movement has not only redefined the terms of the debate around income inequality, but also revolutionized the very act of protest. Despite almost no hierarchy, the largely unco-ordinated protesters around the world have managed to speak in a much more unified voice, thanks in large part to social-media outlets – especially Twitter.

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How the 99% Are Using Lateral Power to Create a Global Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin

How the 99% Are Using Lateral Power to Create a Global Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin | Twit4D | Scoop.it

It's happened before, in 1848 and in 1968. The youth of the world took to the streets to protest the injustices of autocratic political regimes and rapacious business interests and to demand the most basic human right to participate as equal citizens in the affairs of society.

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The Public Sphere of Occupy Wall Street by Adam Fish

The Public Sphere of Occupy Wall Street  by Adam Fish | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Future theorization of the public sphere and of social movements needs to consider the media ecologies that consist of social media, cable television, hacktivism and grassroots activists sleeping in solidarity in city parks.
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Data Reveals That “Occupying” Twitter Trending Topics is Harder Than it Looks! by Gilad Lotan

Data Reveals That “Occupying” Twitter Trending Topics is Harder Than it Looks! by Gilad Lotan | Twit4D | Scoop.it

While the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has been gaining momentum, growing in terms of visibility, media coverage and sheer numbers of participants, it has had a difficult time “occupying” the Twitter trending topics (TTs) list. #OccupyWallStreet, the movement’s dominant hashtag, has never once hit the New York TTs list. Similarly, #OccupyBoston has trended all across the world, but never in Boston, which only saw the phrases ‘Dewey Sq’ and ‘Dewey Square’ trend.

Some point the blame at Twitter for censoring content, yet what seems to be happening is purely algorithmic.

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Did Twitter censor Occupy Wall Street? by Jonathan Albright

Did Twitter censor Occupy Wall Street? by Jonathan Albright | Twit4D | Scoop.it
In the age of social media, if we’re able to get online, engage with a few tools and connect our ideas to others who sympathise, we’re able to initiate social change.
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Occupy Together: how the global movement is spreading via social media by Hannah Waldram

Occupy Together: how the global movement is spreading via social media by Hannah Waldram | Twit4D | Scoop.it
At the beginning of October last year Malcolm Gladwell wrote in the New Yorker that activism via social media was no more than "weak-tie connections" which "makes it easier for activists to express themselves, and harder for that expression to have any impact".

One year on, with #arabspring uprisings changing governments in north Africa and #OccupyWallStreet drawing the attention of senior Republicans and Democrats, the #globaldemocracy movement is gaining momentum via Twitter and Facebook. Now protests are planned for Saturday in four continents, I wonder if Gladwell will rethink the power of social networked activism. full map: http://map.15october.net/

 

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#Occupy Wall Street Tweets its way onto the Front Page by Alex Stonehill

#Occupy Wall Street Tweets its way onto the Front Page by Alex Stonehill | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Newspapers don’t dictate what’s news now. With the rise of twitter, and the bloggosphere, the diversity of other voices online tell them what’s news The Occupy Wall Street protests have been a testament to this new kind of protest coverage (as perhaps the Tea Party movement was before it). The protests were initially written off, ignored and marginalized for several weeks. But the outpouring of support in Facebook and twitter streams, and the challenges from upstart outlets to the mainstream media coverage or lack thereof coupled with the tenacity of protesters, finally caught mainstream attention

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Agitprop 2.0: On Occupy Wall Street's Social Media Revolution by Kyle chayka

Agitprop 2.0: On Occupy Wall Street's Social Media Revolution by Kyle chayka | Twit4D | Scoop.it

More than the ability to share photos with friends or keep everyone posted on your eating habits, the massive protests and resulting political change of the Arab Spring has driven home the point that online social media is the defining reality of our era. Now, the power of this new medium of communication has come to roost in New York City with Occupy Wall Street, a protest against the economic crisis and the excesses of the financial industry that has gone viral in much the same way that the Tahrir Square protests in Egypt did (albeit on a much more modest level).

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Entretien avec John Krinsky : Occupy Wall Street et la gauche américaine by Pierre- Louis Rolle

Entretien avec John Krinsky : Occupy Wall Street et la gauche américaine by Pierre- Louis Rolle | Twit4D | Scoop.it

John Krinsky est sociologue et dirige le département de sciences politiques de la City University of New York. Dans cet entretien accordé à BullyPulpit.fr il revient sur les origines d’Occupy Wall Street, sa relation avec les syndicats, les minorités, le Parti Démocrate et s’intéresse au devenir de ce mouvement social.

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Occupy Research: Methods and Tools for a Decentralized Future by Amelia Marzec

Occupy Research: Methods and Tools for a Decentralized Future by Amelia Marzec | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Occupy Research is a highly participatory band of researchers active in the Occupy Wall Street movement, with working groups popping up across the country. Committed to using open methods, they outline different areas of interest in a wiki and share ideas, tools, and information about the movement.

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#OccupyWallStreet: origin and spread visualized by Gilad Lotan

#OccupyWallStreet: origin and spread visualized by Gilad Lotan | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Last week we published an analysis on the usage of hashtags around the #OccupyWallStreet movement on Twitter, why some phrases reach Twitter’s trending topics list, while others never do. The crux of the the argument highlighted the outcomes of a purely algorithmic mechanism that Twitter uses to generate its trending topics lists.

We’ve all seen an increasing usage of the #Occupy hashtag, splintering into a wide range of sub-movements -> #OccupyBoston, #OccupyVancouver, #OccupySF and many more.

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Occupy Twitter: Data Reveals Passion by Emily chambliss

Occupy Twitter: Data Reveals Passion by Emily chambliss | Twit4D | Scoop.it
By examining the Twitter buzz from recent weeks, we see uncommon trends that shed light on the driving force of Occupy Wall St.
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Social Media Gives Wall Street Protests a Global Reach by Jennifer Preston

Social Media Gives Wall Street Protests a Global Reach by Jennifer Preston | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Protesters involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement use Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools to deliver photos and videos from dozen of demonstrations in real time.
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e.politics: online advocacy tools & tactics By the Numbers: How Social Media Coverage of Occupy Wall Street Beat the Mainstream Media

e.politics: online advocacy tools & tactics By the Numbers: How Social Media Coverage of Occupy Wall Street Beat the Mainstream Media | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Nate Silver had a great piece in the Times over the weekend, looking at how clashes with police seem to have driven mainstream media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests (a classic example of the principle of “if it bleeds, it leads”). The centerpiece of his article is the chart below, showing the pattern of relevant media hits.

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Occupy Wall Street: Social Media's Role In Social Change

Occupy Wall Street: Social Media's Role In Social Change | Twit4D | Scoop.it
A panel on social innovation and social change started with a joke. A panelist said they should go the full hour without saying the word "Twitter."

But Twitter, along with Facebook, were unavoidable terms that came up repeatedly in the discussion Thursday at an Advertising Week event at 300 Madison Avenue in New York City.

The talk started with the Egypt revolution and inevitably turned to Occupy Wall Street, an ongoing event just a few miles away in Lower Manhattan. More than 450,000 Facebook users have joined Occupy Wall Street pages to date (scroll down for graph); Twitter chatter has surged. The big question: Does social innovation equal social change?

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'Occupy Wall Street': Why It Chose Tumblr by Jesse Emspak

'Occupy Wall Street': Why It Chose Tumblr  by Jesse Emspak | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, Facebook and Twitter played a crucial role in mobilizing protestors in Iran, Cairo and Tunisia. Now Tumblr has been uniquely appropriated for a U.S.-based protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street, which has been coalescing in New York, Boston and Chicago to challenge the influence of corporate money on government and the growth of social and economic inequality.

A hybrid of ordinary blogging platforms, such as Typepad or Wordpress, and of the microblogging site Twitter, Tumblr gives users the ability to post photos, videos and messages and share with people they don’t know.

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