I’ll admit that the only thing I have been occupying as of late is my own bed. Due to an aggressive cold and some very powerful antihistamine medicine that was given to me by my mother, the prison nurse (and no, that is not a joke), I was sleeping soundly with an open mouth when the NYPD began closing in on the flagship location of Occupy Wall Street in Zucotti Park at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Nonetheless, I was lucky enough to find a lively real-time account of the ruckus this morning via @TheOther99. It’s an occupy account run by a guy named Tim Pool, a 25-year-old activist from Chicago. [Read about him here.] He had the good sense to take out his mobile phone and start streaming video of the whole thing via Ustream, seldomly taking a break all day. Not even for a banana.
More than 63,000 online viewers have followed him around Zucotti Park (don’t you dare call it Liberty Square!) as he searched for food, chugged caffeine, reported breaking news concerning the court order and its appeal, tried to track down some guy named Justin to give him his computer back, chatted with protesters and even talked with a couple of angry suits.
Because of his growing Internet popularity, people bought Pool batteries when he mentioned that his phone was about to die and offered him bananas when he talked of staying up for 24 hours (now close to 48 hours) straight with little to eat. But the most entertaining outcome of Tim Pool’s occupation of the Occupy movement is some very legendary (read: funny/ridiculous/both) Occupy quotes. Here are a few words of
lunacy wisdom from Occupy Wall Street.
“The pigeons in the park were the very first occupiers. They’ve been there since day one.” Tim Pool himself, giving props to the movement’s aerial-bound friend.
“The new park smells like Clorox and broken constitutional amendments.” Spoken by this exuberant protester. http://i44.tinypic.com/2moyyj5.jpg Anybody know her name?
“You can’t get this kind of show on Broadway!” Occupy onlooker, who may or may not have been intoxicated at 2:00 in the afternoon.
“It is my understanding that the New York City Police took more than 40,000 books that they did not check out.” A wooly beard man apparently indignant that NYPD didn’t follow library rules. He also hopes that they are all at home now “reading the constitution.”
“If a law is unjust, not only is a man right to disobey. He is obligated to do so.” Okay, this is actually a quote from Thomas Jefferson, but it was repeated several times today by online viewers commenting on Pools Ustream feed. In a long, long stream of unsavory comments like, “Occupy your mom!” it was welcomed philosophical enlightenment.
On a serious note, the goings on today between the City of New York and the Occupy protesters were also summed up in some not so tasty soundbites. The world was watching Zucotti Park--literally, the world–and people from as far away as Australia and the UK and as close as Toronto also commented on Pool’s nonstop coverage. Most of it was an expression of solidarity and pleas for him to keep streaming. But some of it wasn’t so heartwarming. As user Krillewille put it in not so grammatically correct English, “You guys are not free. Your democracy are [sic] a fake.”
And unfortunately, that is how Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD, in addition to municipal government officials in Oakland, Portland and other cities with Occupy sites, have cast our image for the rest of the world to see. Something to think about.