Q: This is my little rant on media's and critics' questions on Occupy on its first anniversary: Has Occupy achieved any meaningful change so far? Why has it failed? Is it dead?
See, for those who have been engaged in Occupy in all its many forms, this process has been an ongoing one where we are not only learning to work together (imagine politicians having to learn this, how long would it take them???), but we also learning to inform ourselves and others.
i think most of us who are engaged, have ONLY started to make sense of what is happening not only in Canada, but also globally. (So the expectations that Occupy would have achieved some magical systemic change by now would be like expecting a science student to come up with the next technology that would rid our dependency from oil within a year...)
Say Occupy made it into government in the form of a committee, for the sake of argument. Would media have expected Occupy to balance federal budget within a year? But... such expectations are not even applied to governments! So why the double standards?
Media and reporters are so quick to point out Occupy's "failures" while not once understanding occupy as a gathering of individuals (unlike government officials who are paid and receive handsome rewards) VOLUNTEERING to work, to ASK relevant questions, and FIND meaningful solutions. It as though media wants to hold OCCUPY accountable for social justice that is, in theory, ENTRUSTED to our governments. If media were just as critical of holding governments to account as it is of Occupy, perhaps, Occupy wouldn't have materialized to begin with.
This expectation by the media bothers me especially considering that systemic change doesn't happen overnight. I don't see these reporters expecting magical solutions in systemic change in Afghanistan and Iraq. HOW LONG HAVE WE BEEN OCCUPYING THESE COUNTRIES? AND WHAT HAVE BEEN THE RESULTS? WHERE IS ALL THE BASHING OF THE FAILURE OF THESE OCCUPATIONS?
When it comes to Occupy, media seems to be blinded by a self-imposed fairy tale perspective that permeates its narrative while failing to address the realistic internal and external challenges Occupy has been facing...
Media needs to get it together and question its own inconsistent, often contradicting, standards. How about some realistic expectations and objective analysis of occupy? How about an analysis of Occupy within a context of restoring the democratic and social-justice-driven approach this government IS EXPECTED TO UPHOLD? right or wrong?
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