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People Still Asking About the OWS Message

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Weeks have passed and now, with protests spread around the world, Occupy Wall Street coverage occupies a good deal of space across the media. Both Ad Age and Mashable have, with the use of infographics, charts, and video, tried to illustrate just how pervasive discussion of the protests has been. Nevertheless, the question “What’s the goal?” lingers.

The Atlantic managed to publish a story on the topic that says it all and says nothing at the same time. In the story, filmmaker David Sauvage attempts to create a 15-second clip that captures OWS in the words of the protesters. Fifteen seconds is a really small window of time to try and capture just about anything. But here, in the end, it’s an especially glaring mish-mash of wants — from “accountability” to “equal rights.” A CNN poll finds that 40 percent of people don’t have an opinion about the protest even if an overwhelming majority feel that Wall Street workers are an overpaid group of liars.

News this morning is that MTV will be making a True Life reality program “I’m Occupying Wall Street,” which is making an attempt to get to the heart of the message. According to a post about the reality show (which is airing next Saturday at 6 p.m. ET), “72 percent of young people surveyed by MTV over the past two years are afraid they won’t live up to their potential, with nearly three-quarters of those age 18 to 29 feeling ‘things are unfair for my generation because we have to start our careers during this economic crisis.’” Wouldn’t it be wholly appropriate given the day and age if reality TV was actually the answer to our burning OWS questions?

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