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Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party
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Open/Networked Movements: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party

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In this class we looked at the similarities and differences in how Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party are structured; how they burst onto the American political scene; the role of mainstream media …

In this class we looked at the similarities and differences in how Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party are structured; how they burst onto the American political scene; the role of mainstream media in affecting their growth; and the challenges that come with open and networked political movements.

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  • 1. DPI-665 Politics of the Internet Mar 19, 2012 Open/Networked PoliticalMovements: The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Strengths and Weaknesses Micah L. Sifry Audio: http://bit.ly/H3NLXH CC-BY-NC-SA
  • 2. Topics for discussion• In structural terms, how are the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street similar?• How do they differ?• How has the Internet enabled these movements?• What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • 3. Beginnings• Pre-existing networking • Pre-existing networking (#tcot, Freedom Works) (Wisconsin, NYABC)• Rick Santelli CNBC • Adbusters “call to “rant” Occupy Wall St”• Local meetings --> local • Local rally becomes a rallies “general assembly”• Local coordinators start • Sept 17 occupation at to network Zuccotti• Fox coverage starts • First “pepper spray” (pre-April 15) incident
  • 4. Growth phase• Aug 2009 town halls • Labor/community• Sept 12 Glenn Beck march on Oct 5, DC rally 2011 in NYC• Movement growth • Occupations spread peaks to hundreds of cities• Shift to GOP primary in October challenges in 2010 • Crackdown and and 2012 pres dispersion by end of primary November • Now what??
  • 5. Tea Party in the news• Fox News anticipates the news, helping build support for the first April 15, 2009 rallies (Source: Skocpol and Williamson)
  • 6. Tea Party in the news (cont.)• The same was true for July 4 and August recess Tea Party events (Source: Williamson, Skocpol and Coggin)
  • 7. Occupy in the news• Early coverage was self- generated• Police clashes were central
  • 8. OWS: Twitter vs newspapers
  • 9. Occupy vs Tea Party (news)• Tea Party boosted by early coverage from Fox News
  • 10. Occupy growth on Facebook• Local Occupies rapidly multiply via Facebook• Initial burst of affiliation levels off
  • 11. Viral saturation
  • 12. Role of networking• Tea Party Patriots • Occupy relied more relied more on Ning heavily on Twitter, group, weekly calls Facebook, YouTube• Local TP Meetups • Google Groups• #tcot • Livestreamers
  • 13. #tcot• As of July 2009, Top Conservatives on Twitter were a vibrant interconnected community
  • 14. Occupy Livestreams
  • 15. TPP on Ning• 92,000 active members
  • 16. TPP on Facebook• 855,000 likes, but not that many people “talking about” TPP as of now.
  • 17. Freedom Connector• 171,000 active participants; still growing.• More varied base, includes evangelicals, not just TP
  • 18. The role of e-groups• FreedomWorks email list goes out to more than 1 million members• Relationship between Occupy and MoveOn not as close
  • 19. NYCGA Structure
  • 20. NYCGA Working groups
  • 21. OWS on Facebook
  • 22. What do they have in common?• Anyone can start a • Confusion as to chapter goals• No one leader giving orders • “Bad apple” problem• Loose coordination of hard to control chapters• Competition of tactics• Dispersion of information by social media
  • 23. How do they differ?• Several top-down • No top-down list hubs/lists (Freedom • Wary of ties to Works, TPP list) Democratic groups,• Close ties to billionaires national GOP • Includes civil groups, billionaires disobedience• Mostly law-abiding
  • 24. Core elements of a movement: How well do they do?• Sustained, organized public effort making collective claims on target audiences (“a campaign”)• A repertoire of shared political actions• Unity, numbers and commitment

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