#OccupyWallStreet: a Meme Machine in Real Time
This week The Viral Media Lab tracked the growth of a new social change movement: #OccupyWallStreet. The hashtag meme has been gaining recognition and momentum throughout the twitterverse, on Facebook and in the blogosphere, with breakthrough coverage on mainstream media outlets as well. Increasing numbers of protesters have been gathering in at Liberty Square in Lower Manhattan, with spillovers into Union Square, where young women were caught on video screaming after a being pepper sprayed by the NYPD. The viral video sparked Jon Stewart’s team into parody mode, riffing on the offending officer’s moniker: Tony Bologna:
On Sunday, some 700 protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, bringing even more spotlights to the question: what does #OccupyWallStreet stand for? What does the meme mean?
Today’s tweet from Good.org?
A number of groups have shown public support by using the #OccupyWallStreet, slogan including 350.org, Working Families and Rebuild the Dream Will this meme take hold to galvanize a crowdsourced echo effect of social change?
We continue to witness the meme machine in action.