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Dreaming in Public: Building the Occupy…

Dreaming in Public: Building the Occupy Movement

by Amy Lang

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I have given this book five stars: that does not mean that I like it all. It is a collection of writings on the Occupy Movement. Some I enjoyed, some I found instructive and some were pretentious. That is what one would expect when so many authors; many of them not regular word-smiths, are involved.

The numerous views of Occupy are what give this book its life. A living breathing entity emerges from these varied perspectives. The real vitality of the movement appears as it never could in a tome produced by a single author, however talented.

This work is 310 pages long, including examples of the artwork associated with Occupy; and yet, it manages to give a history, a chronology and an idea of the emotional ride. The individual authors are respectful, critical, enamoured and disdainful in almost equal measure. Some of the concepts are naive, almost beyond belief and yet, it works. Kitchens were set up to feed everyone (without payment), talks were given and, when good old NY decided to ban electronic speaker systems, the crowd became the megaphone. The speaker would relay a sentence, a few people would repeat it in unison, so that it would travel to the next stage, where more people would repeat the message, sending it out in waves.

It would be easy to dismiss Occupy as a brief, idealistic interlude but, look around the world. More and more people are rejecting the status quo. OWS is playing a part in that. Be warned, if like me, you are not American, a large part of this is written by citizens of the USA and they do rather feel that the world revolves around their country - isn't it a good job that we Brit's have a broader view!!

It is amazing to notice how much the world media has managed to ignore the movement but equally noteworthy is the fact that a quiet rebellion is taking place, whether the 1% want to acknowledge it, or not. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Feb 27, 2015 |
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"A stunningly comprehensive compilation of materials, from public statements to engaged reportage, essays focused on analysis and strategy, and documentation of the visual culture of the movement. Neither a narrative of the events nor an observer analysis but an assembly of primary sources - the 'raw materials' that developed within the movement. Created by two New York-based Occupy movement participants, Amy Schrager Lang and Daniel Lang/Levitsky, the book includes contributions from a wealth of protagonists, including Barbara Kingsolver, Naomi Klein, Sara Paretsky, Lemony Snicket, and Staughton Lynd."--Publisher.… (more)

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