New Yorker on the origins of OWS

For your post-Thansksgiving long read list, "Pre-Occupied: The origins and future of Occupy Wall Street," in the New Yorker today by Mattathias Schwartz. "It's very tl;dr," said the friend who forwarded it, but we both agree it's an essential read. Not everything fits in 140 characters, after all.



  1. I think Anon deserves some credit. Many of us knew nothing about it, but they did a great job of getting the word out. I thought the whole thing was their invention for the longest time.

  2. God that article is so dismissive. They make it sound like the Adbusters guy is responsible for the whole movement. He or they may have given the movement a great name with “Occupy”, but other than that, I say this movement is a continuation of the Arab Spring and is far greater than any one person or organization.

  3. Okay, I just went to Urban Dictionary to find out tl;dr means, but you know what?  The explanation was really long and convoluted, and I had like three other exciting things happening on my browser at the time.  So I guess I’ll never know.

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