Keith and Vlad Teichberg, of the Occupy Wall Street Media Group and GlobalRevolution.TV, discuss the impact of social media on the precipitous evolution and extensive reach of the Occupy movement, brought into homes and mobile devices around the world through a rapidly growing list of livestream feeds. Teichberg notes that “you can’t really edit in real time” and that “the medium is perfect for what we’re doing because it actually tells the truth – it is what it is.”
On the screen, a protester from Occupy Orlando was requesting in-kind donations. “We have plenty of deodorant,” he said, “but we could use soap.” A second protester, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, entered the frame to announce breaking news: “We’re global! Seventeen hundred viewers right now!” The crowd outside the Orlando chamber of commerce cheered. The video feed had been picked up by globalrevolution.tv, the switchboard for live coverage of the populist protests that began with Occupy Wall Street. The channel, hosted by Livestream.com, attracts between a thousand and twenty thousand viewers at any moment. “The revolution will not be televised,” the masked protester told the crowd. “It’ll be…on the Internet.”
Vlad Teichberg occupied Wall Street for years, working as a derivatives trader up until 2008. These days, however, the 39-year-old spends his time assisting the Occupy Wall Street movement currently rallying against his former employers. Vital to the quickly spreading movement has been the constant flow of social media out of the events. Teichberg is a founding member of Global Revolution TV, a live streaming website working day and night to disseminate videos about what’s happening on the streets to the general public. They stream videos on GlobalRevolution.tv and upload videos to YouTube.
Protesters are not only occupying Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park; they’re also occupying Twitter and other social media sites like Livestream, where visitors to the site can watch live footage from the protests. The Occupy Wall Street media headquarters is in the midst of the frenzy at Zuccotti Park. Under a giant pink umbrella, a small group of protesters hovers over laptops surrounded by mounds of equipment covered in blue tarps. A beaten-up cardboard sign rests at their feet, the word “media” written in magic marker.
Anti-corporate protests in America have spread, and so have the arrests and charges of police heavy-handedness. With US mainstream media ignoring the rallies, some protesters are taking the task of informing the public into their own hands.
PORTRAIT – Ancien trader à Wall Street, il a rejoint en 2002 une communauté artistique et milite depuis pour une «vraie» démocratie participative. C’est lui a importé d’Espagne aux États-Unis le mouvement des «indignés».
by Sam Schlinkert “Keep it brief, cuz I got a lot of work to do,” a man whom I know only as Justin tells me over a tarped barrier surrounding the media center in Zucotti Park, or as it’s been rechristened by the occupiers, Liberty Park. It’s the night of Sunday, Oct. 2—the 16th day […]