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“I don’t want to say we’re making our own Facebook. But, we’re making our own Facebook,” said Ed Knutson, a web and mobile app developer who joined a team of activist-geeks redesigning social networking for the era of global protest.
When Apple introduced the iPad, most of its advertising focused on the applications it could showcase.
I must admit that there is something about Occupy Wall Street that makes me think of the American Revolution.
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A small group of Harvard students and employees staged an “Occupy Speakout” at noon on Tuesday to express their solidarity with the “National Day of Action.”
The following letter was sent to Greg Mankiw by the organizers of today’s Economics 10 walkout . Wednesday November 2, 2011
Today, several Ec 10 students plan on walking out of class to express their “discontent with the bias inherent in [the] introductory economics course.”
The " Occupy Wall Street " signs in New York ’s Zuccotti Park may be catchy, but they tell little about the nitty-gritty of the rank and file.
Michal Shapiro is a good friend of this blog, longtime reader and occasional mentor. She just joined Wikistrat because we want her analytically sharp but artistically infused perspective, which she shares regularly in a blog at HuffPo .
“We need a wholesale revision of how a democracy both listens to and treats young people.”  The global reach and destructiveness of neoliberal values and disciplinary controls are not only evident in the widespread hardships and human suffering caused by the economic recession of 2008, they are also visible in the ongoing and ruthless assault on the social state, workers, unions, higher education, students, and any vestige of the social at odds with neoliberal values. Under the regime of market fundamentalism, institutions that were meant to limit human suffering and misfortune and protect the public from the excesses of the market have been either weakened or abolished, as are many of those public spheres where private troubles can be understood as social problems and addressed as such.  Privatization has run rampant, engulfing institutions as different in their goals and functions as public schools and core public services, on the one hand, and prisons, on the other.
Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times A recent demonstration outside Sotheby's auction house in Manhattan was made up of Teamsters and members of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Union leaders, who were initially cautious in embracing the Occupy movement, have in recent weeks showered the protesters with help — tents, air mattresses, propane heaters and tons of food.
People protest during the 'Occupy Wall Street' rally in New York, 17 September.
A potpourri of #OccupyWallStreet Videos (4) Michel Bauwens
(October 20, 2011) Here are some semi-random notes on the Occupy Wall Street movement, based partly on some "insider" contacts.