On The Inside, Looking Out

The past month has been a very historic one.  People around the world have been voicing their disgust about corporate greed and the widening socio-economic gap between the rich and poor.

We, here at fiftyseven-thirtythree, have had the privilege to witness one of the most talked about occupy movements right in front of our eyes, Occupy Oakland.  Conservative media outlets have condemned Oakland residents, calling us barbaric.  Liberal political pundits have commented on the stupidity of city administrators.  The media has basically made Oakland look like a Ground Zero of some sorts.

Even more recently, another occupy movement in the Bay Area has gained a large majority of media coverage, Occupy Cal.  Cal students have been protesting about tuition hikes that have taken place in the UC Education system. Added attention has been shown because of the Police beating and shooting of a student, which resulted in his death.

Though some positive, and some really negative, watching all of this happen in the Bay Area in front of our eyes has been a privilege.  Having the ability to watch people actually be passionate, and proactive, about a widespread issue is a beautiful thing.  But through mainstream media, we have been portrayed as more of a place where “anything goes”, rather than the forefront of civic activism.

I will be the first person to say, I could care less what people think.  But when does negative media coverage begin to hurt what we are trying to accomplish out here?  What can we do, to ensure people outside of the Bay Area are seeing an accurate depiction of these events?

What do you guys think?

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2 comments
  1. “Though some positive, and some really negative, watching all of this happen in the Bay Area in front of our eyes has been a privilege. Having the ability to watch people actually be passionate, and proactive, about a widespread issue is a beautiful thing”

    I just had to quote you because I agree with that sentiment. As far as the media goes. We just have to keep being “real” and true to what we as individuals and as a group, feel is the right path. Do it in plain site and under the eyes of as many witnessess as possible and eventually the truth will get out.
    I never thought I’d be quoting Malcolm X but he said it best when he said “If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you you hating the opressed and loving the the people who are doing the opressing. ”

    We have to just keep the momentum going. Be loud, be strong.

    • I totally agree. Thanks for the awesome comment! We need more pragmatic people to speak up!

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