Sasha Costanza-Chock on the tools, skills, social practices, and norms movement participants deploy to create, circulate, curate, and amplify their media.
Many visual tropes have accompanied Occupy Wall Street’s rise to public prominence. In the beginning, there was the ethereal image of a ballerina poised delicately on the back of the Wall Street bull which graced the original posters and calls-for-action. There were photos of Zuccotti Park crammed with tents and blue tarps. The iconic “I am the 99%” stance, a photo of a single person, holding a handwritten sign dense with text, became a form in and of itself, attracting spinoffs, parodies, and rebuttals.
“The pas de deux between these top-down and bottom-up developments has put media ever more at the center of contemporary cultural practice.”
Associate Professor of Civic Media Sasha Costanza-Chock spoke with NPR’s Brook Gladstone about what comes next for the Occupy movement.