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    the Iraq war spell out a kind of cynical ambivalence about modern protest. You know, the idea of, put out the call for protest, get the police permits, march from point A to B and then back to A again, disband, and get on the bus until the next cause celebre happens along. This is, of course, a gross oversimplification of modern protest, but it gets at some of the problems with this style of protest, and serves as a good foil for understanding what Occupy gets right.

    I suspect that Taibbi, like a lot of people (myself included), couldn't initially figure out the distinct parameters of Occupy. Moreover, the first media images to go out -- as Taibbi himself indicates in the piece -- were depressingly familiar: police attack protester; actual cause pursued by the protesters gets lost in the shuffle. Photographers, reporters, and television vans discover amusing local color; report only on stuff like consensus decisions about where to spit your toothpaste, etc.

    It's only with people's abiding curiosity about OWS, coupled with a slightly more comprehending coverage of OWS by the mainstream media, that we get hardened cynics like Taibbi to reevaluate their assessment of the whole thing. It's easy to get cynical, after all, when the single largest day of protest in human history -- the Iraq war protests in the winter of 2003 -- can be dismissed as a "focus group" by the President. Millions of people in the street might as well have been shouting into a windstorm.

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 07:04:26 AM PDT

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