#occupywallstreetBy http://profile.typepad.com/1237764140s22740 // September 18, 2011 in Crowdsourcing
Keep an eye on the protests and events in the Wall Street area of New York City this morning.
Reports on a NYTimes blog and the CNN site get into the logistics on the streets of lower Manhattan - how the protestors are moving, where the police are anticipating them, what the interactions are like.
I learned about the plans for this . . . event, I guess I'll call it . . . from the Adbusters magazine. What I liked about it conceptually was that the demands for the protest, the very organizing rationale, were being crowdsourced.
And I liked that the problem of corporate speech was at or near the top of the voting.
Note the top tweet on the screenshot below, stating that the protest is leaderless.
The best way to follow what's happening, at least here at the start (the ambition of some is to camp in Wall Street indefinitely), may be to follow the hashtag #occupywallstreet on Twitter. But be careful: the stream includes indicia of paranoia, such as the claim that Twitter is censoring the hashtag or preventing it from being listed as trending.
Update 9:24am Pacific: here's a well shot and well edited video by Jaisal Noor, featuring organizers calling themselves members of the NYC General Assembly. There may not be the outrage or the numbers in the US to match what's happening in the Arab Spring, but, wow, I don't remember seeing videos with these production values being posted in real time from the Mideast.