Occupy Wall Street Why Did The ny Times Change Their Story

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

From the Media Studies Teachers Online Resource Centre:

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?
(edits from danielledirks)

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4 thoughts on “Occupy Wall Street Why Did The ny Times Change Their Story

  1. I find this demonstration very interesting, but I'm not sure if will actually do anything. Like we have been discussing in class, our capitalist society can absorb these criticisms and somehow turn them around, like they did with the masks on Amazon. People are supporting capitalism no matter what they do, everything you purchase or sell or support has some tie or reliance on capitalism. You would have to live in a tree to get away from it. If the protesters showed a complete understanding of this, they might gain the upper hand. However they seem to be simply protesting the fallout of capitalism, not the entire system itself.

  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nl5BWjqthk

    This is a video of Cornel West's speech at Occupy LA this past Friday. Here, he reiterates the concepts we've discussed in class about the culture industry. He argues that the media complex is a "weapon of mass destruction" — like Marcuse's concepts regarding the culture industry and its ability to distract us from critical thinking, West argues that it causes our disregard for public interest and common good. I don't believe this speech was aired on any of the major news stations — another example of the media's attempt to repress dissenting opinions.

  3. The media strikes again:


    As you can see, this video is unlisted and only those with the link can view it…

    This is a video of a Fox news reporter interviewing a protester. Here, the protester defines the media as a "propaganda machine" and criticizes it for its representation of only one opinion–that of the 1%. Although the reporter says that he will broadcast this footage, it never airs. Another example of the media's ability to nullify oppositional thinking. Surprised?

    • Hey ezaks! Excellent videos–would you want to post them as "extra" Digital Show and Tell pieces for the class? Excellent points throughout…

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