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Posted on Nov 11, 2011
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By EmileZ, November 14, 2011 at 5:12 am Link to this comment

RE: Billboard

I watched the first one and a half seasons of Mad Men thanks to you. An interesting premise from an anthropological point of view though perhaps in some ways exaggerated, and in other ways minimized.

It seems to be going nowhere fast to me.

Also, libraries are good things.

Also music has gone down hill fast since corporate record companies started mass marketing ie “Beatlemania”. That was a true “cultural apocalypse”.

Also, the invention of Ipods, and internet marketing (like ebay), more responsible for the demise of record stores than any community fileSHARING websites.

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By EmileZ, November 14, 2011 at 5:11 am Link to this comment

RE: Billboard

I watched the first one and a half seasons of Mad Men thanks to you. An interesting premise from an anthropological point of view though perhaps in some ways exaggerated, and in other ways minimized.

It seems to be going nowhere fast to me.

Also, libraries are good things.

Also music has gone down hill fast since corporate record companies started mass marketing ie “Beatlemania”. That was a true “cultural apocalypse”.

Also, the invention of Ipods, and internet marketing (like ebay), more responsible for the demise of record stores than any community fileSHARING websites.

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By Outraged, November 11, 2011 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment

Interesting discussion of OWS. I think one of the
issues he covers (without actually saying so) is
something I’ve taken away from just about EVERY
article I’ve read regarding OWS. And that is that
it’s about everything. (too generic….I know…lol)

It’s about what’s wrong and what we should do about
it, what can we do about it, now and in the future. I
think for this very reason everyone sees their
own version of what it is and what should be done.
And that IS it’s mainstay and that IS it’s
popularity. And certainly Wall Street is an icon
of the problems, everyone agrees.

Matt Taibbi had an interesting take also:
“I have a confession to make. At first, I
misunderstood Occupy Wall Street.

The first few times I went down to Zuccotti Park, I
came away with mixed feelings. I loved the energy and
was amazed by the obvious organic appeal of the
movement, the way it was growing on its own. But my
initial impression was that it would not be taken
very seriously by the Citibanks and Goldman Sachs of
the world. You could put 50,000 angry protesters on
Wall Street, 100,000 even, and Lloyd Blankfein is
probably not going to break a sweat.”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/11-7

There’s tons of opinion regarding OWS and I think they’re all correct, in their own way. The same way the different Occupy groups have reacted to their own environments in different ways depending upon the varying circumstances. For instance:
From Daily Kos:

Atlanta:
“Now the protesters are turning their attention to the suburbs, hoping to use a family of five in south Gwinnett to highlight the nation’s foreclosure crisis.

“This family is the perfect example of the fraud going on in the mortgage and banking industries,” said Latron Price, one of Occupy Atlanta’s organizers. “We plan to shed light on the foreclosure issue and we look to make a stand here.”
http://www.ajc.com/news/occupy-atlanta-comes-to-1219759.html

Harlem:
“So she said she went down to Zuccotti Park, home base for the Occupy Wall Street protests, and recruited activists.

“I saw all of these young children that had real skill and ability,” she said. “I said to them, ‘We’re done with all the massaging and intellectualizing. What’s next? If you really want to see what’s really going on, [follow me],’” she recalled telling the protesters at a General Assembly. “It’s time for action.”

All hands went up and were wiggling, she said, the sign of agreement at Occupy Wall Street.

Operation Occupy 477 Sugarhill was in full effect.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/07/occupy-wall-street-protes_n_1080250.html

The link at Daily Kos with more if your interested.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/09/1034528/-Occupy-Wall-Street-roundup,-Day-53:-Direct-action-on-the-rise?via=blog_1

It’s a solidarity movement of people, for people - and that encompasses people of all stripes. That’s why when some make specific claims regarding OWS it really just doesn’t hold water.  I think more in terms of everyone acting in their own capacity toward a common goal if it seems like a worthy thing to do; individually, as communities and as a national force outside of the structural bounds of an corrupted system in order to change that system. Strangely enough, it’s almost Koch’s plan to a tee…. IN REVERSE.

I’ll put out one fire, you put out another and just keep doing that until the smoke clears. It’s going to be a helluva “forest fire”. We’ll restore democracy, but while we are, he and his will keep trying to torch the place.

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