Occupy Wall Street ignored? No.

Via on Oct 3, 2011

The image/text above is irritating, silly, conspiracy-mongering…and fake (see comments for more).

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Occupy Wall Street is Awesome. But the problem is those of us on the sidelines, not (most of) the media: just about all of us need to remember to learn how to read for more than 30 seconds at a time.

Let’s support the movement by…reading, participating…not just surfing Facebook casually and talking conspiracy.

The Tea Party has the exact same complaint: that the “left-wing media” ignores their vast, grassroots movement.

The Left loves to complain about corporate media controlling what The People see or hear.

As the saying goes, if both extremes are pissed at you, you’re doing something right.

So, on behalf of the Fourth Estate, I suggest you read a paper or reputable web site and STFU.

Everyone loves to blame the media…both sides…this has been on the cover of the NY Times and everything I’ve looked at for weeks. It’s awesome, inspiring, it gets ratings, there’s no reason media would ignore it—elephant, for example, doesn’t even have a writing staff (we’re non-corporate-backed media) and yet we’ve covered it incessantly—but seeing these claims that media aren’t covering Occupy Wall Street?

Silly, as far as I can tell—as silly as the Tea Party’s frequent claims that they don’t get covered.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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16 Responses to “Occupy Wall Street ignored? No.”

  1. I do have to say the coverage was a bit delayed. When I first heard of it, there wasn't much to be found in mainstream media. Love to see that it's getting attention. Cheers!

    • Chris says:

      And when it is covered (agreed, it was delayed, nothing in my AP affiliate newspaper for almost two weeks), it is with a bias that is decidedly pro-establishment, either overtly or with subtle jabs. Sure, NOW it's on the media radar, but 700 arrests will do that to an invisible movement.

      And seriously Wayne, there's no difference between the way Fox and CNN cover a poorly attended Tea Party rally and the coverage to date of Occupy? Right.

      I suggest, as one whom I would assume would consider his outfit part of the Alt media, that you refresh your worldview by watching Manufacturing Consent (the documentary about Noam Chomsky). Until it is an informed opinion about the machinations of "the fourth estate" perhaps it is you who should STFU.

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      • elephantjournal says:

        Unfollowing those you disagree with, instead of engaging in respectful dialogue? How very partisan of you (whether left or right, an inability to speak to those outside of our clubs is debilitating to national discourse).

        Yours,

        Waylon

    • elephantjournal says:

      Thumbs up to you, Lynn, from me. I read about it each of the first four days, when it was still relatively small and many other things were going on in the world—there's a hell of a lot happening that deserves coverage. Once the wonderful Occupy-ers made it clear that their local protest was in fact a local movement…and now a national movement…it's been awfully hard to miss. If we read, that is.

  2. Guest says:

    Re-posting this image is irresponsible, bad journalism at best. It is photoshopped. http://blog.timparkinson.net/2011/09/30/lies-damn

    • elephantjournal says:

      Thanks, Guest.

      That image is used precisely because it's ridiculous—it's getting posted on reddit, the interwebs generally. That you say the image isn't even real makes it all the more apt. Let's look beyond viral this and "likes" and search out for quality journalism, support it with our dollars and eyeballs! ~ Waylon

      • elephantjournal says:

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        Beth L: Agreed, but PLEASE stop posting these fake pics. They are from Google aerial view with little people photoshopped in. It does the cause nothing but harm to keep spreading them around.

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        elephantjournal.com That's my point, if you saw my response in the comments. This is casual crap and I agree 108% with you. My response is a response to that image getting passed around, Beth, we're on the same page!

        • elephantjournal says:

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          Beth Kuykendall Leary Sorry – didn't read down that far. Just saw the pic and started looking for Waldo. :-)

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          elephantjournal.com Hahah…that was exxxxactly my point, Beth, none of us (including me, too often) read more than 30 seconds of anything, anymore. Two folks have already liked your comment, despite the entire point of my post being a rebuttal of the point of that "photo" we both dislike. ~ Waylon

      • Tamara says:

        Hey Way, i posted the photo on my fb page and was met with a host of websites proving it was fake. So I found the video!! http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/10/for-those-

  3. Tamara says:

    Hey Waylon, for those naysayers that are saying this photo is a photo shop fake. I found the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6KorAAqgxQ&fe

  4. elephantjournal says:

    I read about Occupy Wall Street for days before covering it…we aren't there in NYC, and I wanted someone local to cover it. No one came forward. As for elephant, based in Boulder, we're just an echo chamber. After 8 days, I said hell, I'm going to start covering it, even if I am only echoing real journalists, and others here on ele have joined in.

    I don't want Occupy Wall Street to STFU, that's not at all what I say above, or think or feel. I love it and have covered the hell out of it. I want the armchair Facebook clickign liberals to get off our asses and join in, instead of spending our minutes casually dreaming about conspiracies. I devote my life to issues like this, as do countless activists who do far more—democracy is not a spectator sport, and as Occupy has ably demonstrated, getting off the couch and making some peaceful, coherent noise is a lot more effective than merely complaining. ~ W.

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Well, I support the protestors, and they have a right to complain about lack of coverage…it's a time-honored way to get more coverage. But for those of us surfing the web, our time can be better spent supporting those out on the streets by serving as our own media (in this new media age, it's easy) than complaining about what others aren't doing. ~ W.

  6. Trent M Kays says:

    Exactly, Waylon. They have a right to complain, but when they are being covered, those complaints seems rather fruitless. I like the protest, but I wish they were more focused and directed.

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