Over the weekend, my inbox exploded with angry messages from people who had just read this New York Times article (though it reads more like an op-ed) about the Occupy Wall Street protest. Ginia Bellafante gives a devastating account of the event’s attendees, depicting them as scatterbrained, sometimes borderline-psychotic transients.
Bellafante, who is not a reporter but a critic for the Times, offered a representation of the protesters that is as muddled as the amalgam of activists’ motives she presents in the span of the article. She first claims a Joni Mitchell lookalike named Zuni Tikka is a “default ambassador” of the movement. In one of the following paragraphs, she then describes the protest as “leaderless.” Either the people at Zuccotti Park have official leadership or they don’t (they don’t, by the way). So either Tikka is an official spokesperson who warrants first-paragraph favorability, or Bellafante’s own biases persuaded her to put the kooky girl dancing around in her underwear in the spotlight.
Now, I’m not technically naive. I understood before that the Like buttons were extensions of Facebook. They were surely keeping track of all the places I went. And if I went to places that were illegal, they would be reported to government agencies.
A recent police briefing asked the general public to report any anarchists to their local police. A swiftly issued apology from Scotland Yard appears to be more concerned about the wording of the briefing (see below) than the intent, which they claim was to gather information on “criminal acts”. Like being an anarchist, by the sound of it. These anarchists must be very dangerous, if the police are after them!
We thought we should produce a handy guide to help you decide if you have any anarchist tendencies in your political views. These subversive types have influence far and wide, and their deviant politics may have infected your mind already.
Take our simple test to see if you need to hand yourself in to the Police for processing as a dangerous subversive.