by Danny Schechter, the News Dissector
Reporting on the Founding of Occupy Wall Street
“It’s so not over!” is the new slogan of Occupy Wall Street. What is clearly not over almost a year since the Occupy movement started, is the ongoing financial crisis with high unemployment, the Euro-zone in danger and financial scandals unending with the Barclays interest scandal being the latest.
Danny Schechter, aka the News Dissector, continues his reporting on the crisis of capitalism with his new book Occupy, Dissecting Occupy Wall Street. In 2005, he started with his visionary documentary In Debt We Trust, warning of a financial meltdown. Now in Occupy he describes the next chapter in this meltdown with the founding of the Occupy movement, first in Tahrir Square in Cairo and Plaza Del Sol in Madrid, then followed by Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park.
Occupy is a collection of Schechter’s reports and commentaries on the movement as he plays the unique role of participatory journalist, not only reporting on day-to-day events but even more so on deeper trends. Schechter is as always a passionate chronicler and says this about the Occupy Wall Street movement:
“I was totally sympathetic—
“This is the movement we have been waiting for to ‘fight the power.’ Even as debt strangled millions, and unemployment rose alongside foreclosures, economic issues only remained fodder for boring pundits and self-styled experts. There was no activist response. Until now.”
Leading investigative reporter Greg Palast also emphasizes the importance of Occupy in his preface to the book:
“Occupy does double duty: not only does it give the history of the Occupation from an inside-the-tent point of view, it also serves as the pillory stock to shame the idiot media which first missed the big story, then got it all wrong.”
Occupy: Dissecting Occupy Wall Street provides the News Dissector’s in-depth assessment of a global revolt in the making and is inspiring the book’s readers and the movement’s sympathizers to answer the question “Is the movement over?” with a resounding no.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DANNY SCHECHTER is a writer, television producer, and independent filmmaker who also speaks about media and financial issues. He is the editor of Mediachannell1.org and blogs daily as the News Dissector at NewsDissector.net. Schechter is the author of fourteen books, including Squeezed (2007), Plunder (2008) , The Crime of our Time (2010) and Blogothon (2012) and has produced and directed more than thirty documentaries and television specials. His blog was named the 2009 “Blog of the Year” by the Hunter College Media Department of the City University of New York.
OCCUPY: Dissecting Occupy Wall Street
Preface by Greg Palast
Cosimo Books, June 2012
Paperback, 158 pages, $9.99 / £9.99
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