The media is totally unsure how to deal with the Occupy Wall Street protests. Because their coverage of the Arab uprisings was so lame (al Jazeera just killed them) the mainstream media is trying to come up with a narrative that's flexible. CNN showed a sign that says : Capitalism Doesn't Work and then interviewed a gal using a computer with that condescending question about complicity with"the system". ( as if anti-capitalists have to live in caves and eat grubs to be "consistent".)
Even Amy Goodman, in good liberal fashion, decides to use Michael Moore as a spokesman for the action and he is happy to grab some limelight. (he is pretty clueless and inarticulate in my opinion). Chris Hedges did a better job in terms of critique but, like Tahrir Square or the Indignatos of Spain or the Israeli youth camped out now, there IS a problem with analysis and demands. Wisconsin was also a perfect example of organic, spontaneous organizing that failed to light a spark.
I understand the notion of "not taking power" but like a dog chasing a car there is the problem of what happens when you catch it? I know there are great discussions going on all the time in all these places and I'm sure lots of it centers around the question of reform or revolution? Ad Busters does a pretty good job articulating anti-capitalism and at some point someone will have to grab a reporters microphone and lay it out all nice and clear for them.
There was a great BBC interview of a trader explaining the way Markets work and his lack of moral-ethical concern for losers seemed to upset folks so much they accused him of being a Yes Man. In other words, no one knows what is real now (thanks in part to their work) which is a new phase of the Spectacle. Is Rick Perry a Yes Man? Thom Friedman? Flat Earth Boy was on Tavis Smiley saying Indeed He Was a Capitalist but "government needs to tame the brutal nature" of capitalism".
Meanwhile the stock market rockets up and down and Bibi makes Obama do another clown dance.Never a dull moment.