“When you think about the fact that Occupy Wall Street states on their website that they began on Sept. 17, that’s pretty impressive that West Coast towns — some of them medium and small — picked up on it almost immediately,” Curran-Strange said…
Social media sites dedicated to the protests claim up to thousands of subscribers.
It remains awesome to see how instantaneous, widespread communication through smartphones, live streaming and other social media has enabled a movement like no other to take hold. Small groups that would be isolated are still able to be a part of the whole, which gives them more staying power than they would have otherwise; also, the fluidity of the way things form and reform online allows for shifting waves of new Occupy actions in response as the political climate changes. We saw it start in Tahrir Square, and it’s a powerful force if we can really harness it well.
They added that the recent interruption that occupiers caused during a protest at the Port of Oakland shows “this movement has broad support and is capable of powerful collective action.”