Last weekend, hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. Many protestors on Twitter said this occurred right after the NYPD invited them on to the bridge, thus tricking them into getting arrested after they marched there.
I just thought this was interesting since we were talking about Occupy Wall Street the other day in class. #occupywallstreet
The above photo of juxtaposed screenshots from the New York Times website has been making the rounds on Facebook, and it shows two very different takes for the same story on yesterday’s Brooklyn Bridge arrests. The screenshot on the left, from 6:59 p.m., appears to reflect what many protesters are saying: The police tricked them into marching on the bridge. At 7:19 p.m., any mention of the police allowing demonstrators onto the bridge was removed from the lede. Why did they make this change?
- How does the media’s reporting on these protests against capitalism related to Mills’ the power elite and our discussions on the culture industry?
- What should we make of the intense concentration of media corporations?
- How do stories and/or reports such as these repress dissent?