The #Occupy movement may have been ousted from parks, universities and churchyards, but it’s certainly taking up its share of digital space.
All over the wireless airwaves, citizens are testing out their political voices on social mediums. We’ve gathered eight of the best tweet-sized statements from #OWS.
If you have better ones, send them to @Amanda Cosco using the hashtag #OWSSpeaks.
1: This tweet plays on the popular quote “Dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is listening, and love like you’ve never been hurt before,” only this time, we have an #OWS slant, which raises concerns over health insurance, freedom of speech and the legality of (gay?) marriage throughout the United States:
2. I love this sign because it captures how #OWS transitioned from being about a few people gathering in New York City to a worldwide movement: “Occupy All Streets” reads the rewrite, a sure sign (pun intended) of the movement’s trajectory
3. Anyone who quotes Goethe on a protest sign is guaranteed to land a spot in my top ten list. Goethe was known for writing in fragments, not unlike tweets. The demonstrator in this picture obviously sees relevance in Goethe nearly 180 years after his death:
4. This tweet evidences that the #Occupy protestors understand that their fight will not easily be won, but they believe in what they’re fighting for.
5. Aside from being visually stunning, this protest sign plays on the famous line from the Watchmen, “THE END IS NIGH.” Instead, here we have “The beginning is near,” with a raging bull on his way down. The bull could represent a few things— capitalism, American bankers, a bullshit economic system—to name a few, and the statement, “the beginning is near” hints at a new dawn that could be born out of the #OWS movement.
6. I love this tweet because it’s simple, direct, and it emphasizes the three most important sentiments from #OWS: conversation, community and children:
7. This young man made the cover of The Economist: 8. A little love to those who bring humour into the picture: