Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ongoing OWS: occupation ontology...


This may look similar to the blog-post title immediately below but it isn't: [edited 8 a.m.] this is another Occupy post. "The potentials and contradictions of the OccupyWallStreet movement are far too many to enumerate." Nail on head! From Unemployed Negativity (so was the great image). It's about the on-going Occupy protests (will something as simply as winter chill be what finally dissipates the protests?). Every report I've read and every interview with anyone involved seems to throw up different reasons for protest and different grievances; one good thing is that - at least on the surface - there seems to be no party political angle at all. I found that 'Unemployed' post via Rob Horning yesterday on PopMatters, his opinion too nailed it for me:
"So basically the debate seemed to go in circles for me. I think the governmentality critique needs to be taken seriously. I think that the protests do form a material basis for the articulation of a different kind of subjectivity, and the longer the protests persist, the more plausibility and ideological heft that subjectivity has. But I also think that inability to measure the degree to which that emerging alternative is actually changing people’s sensibilities and changing how they live and conceive what is possible makes the protests hard to sustain, especially in the face of empiricist critiques and the practical demand for tangible accomplishments."
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

that's an interesting comment. http://www.cafepress.com/wallstreetprotest/8165408 .

Span Ows said...

I would prefer your merchandise to have OWS as well, not just "We are the 99%"...mind you, the captive market wouldn't be as great!