Forgetting History: Mediated Reflections on Occupy Wall Street

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Forgetting History: Mediated Reflections on Occupy Wall Street


  • Michael S. Daubs School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jeffrey Wimmer Department of Media, Knowledge and Communication, University of Augsburg, Germany


Abstract  This study examines how Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protestors’ practices and stated understanding of media act on social perceptions of networked media. It stems from a discursive content analysis of online commentary from OWS protestors and supporters, using different sources from the first Adbusters blog in July 2011 until May 2012. We demonstrate how the belief in the myth of an egalitarian Internet was incorporated into the offline structure of OWS and led OWS participants to adopt rhetoric that distances the movement from past protest actions by stating the movement was “like the Internet”.


Keywords  discursive content analysis; media logic; mediatisation; Occupy Wall Street; protest movement


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/mac.v5i3.979


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