Despite the initial media blackout, a revolution is brewing. A movement originally known as Occupy Wall Street now engulfs nearly every major city: Occupy Boston, Occupy D.C, Occupy Chicago, Occupy Austin, and 147 others in the US alone (it has also spread internationally).
The movement is in protest of corruption that stems from corporate control of the federal government through lobbyists and special interest groups. It is in protest of bail out initiatives that save “too big to fail” companies paid for by Americans. The blatant abuse of these funds by the companies receiving them, and the lack of arrests in what the people perceive as the most unethical and illegal use of corporate power since Tammany Hall, galvanizes this cause.
Reminiscent of the now dubbed “Arab Spring” (revolutions in Egypt, Lybia and Tunisia ignited over Social Media); people rallied to the cause and showed their solidarity all over the United States (http://on.wsj.com/qH9u3P). The momentum is not slowing down. Hundreds of thousands have shown their support on each city’s respective Facebook page.
News organizations have not done their job to spread the word, so the people have taken the task upon themselves. Instead of watching news anchors reporting from the scene, video reports recorded on smart phones are shared through Social channels. Instead of reading documented stories in the newspapers, we’ve had to learn through our friends’ and friends’ of friends Facebook and Twitter feeds about what has occurred, and where the next protest will take place. Social Media is now our global newspaper; where people report stories from the scene, and not by corporate backed media conglomerates.
So where does this take us? Rather than Thomas Paine’s infamous pamphlets, and Paul Revere’s horseback reporting, we have digital knowledge in the form of blogs, Youtube, and up-to-the-minute headlines through Twitter. Instead of Continental Congress, we have events coordinated and executed through Facebook and Meetup. Everyday more support comes through Social Media.
As I write this, GOOOH.com (Get Out of Our House) is coordinating a massive campaign effort to eradicate “career politicians” from our Congress and Senate, and replace them with regular citizens wanting real change. We may not be gathering muskets and bayonets to take on our oppressors, but that does not make this less extraordinary.
This is a new revolution, passionately fought with our minds, words and voices. We use Social Media to rally the cause, to gather the troops, and to form a new representative government; the Republic we once fought to obtain from the British. It is time to win it back once again. Get active on your preferred Social Media channel. Share your opinions. Dissent if you like, disagree if you must, but use your voice as the representative government we bought and paid for through blood, sweat and taxes.
If you would like to get involved, here are some resources for the causes I have mentioned. Please feel free to add more in the comments section. Help share the word!
Citizen Video Reporting
Get Out of Our House
You can sign-up to be a candidate, or you can show your support for other GOOOH designated candidates.