Wednesday, October 26, 2011

OWS – the next step: occupy the boardrooms of large corporations & the internet

OccupyWallStreet is spawning offspring at a healthy click, and I'm not talking about occupy some other city kind of spawning!

A fascinating website named epolitics has a posting on two recent developements of the OWS, one of which is rather humorous, the other could become a very effective pressure tactic for the 99%.


The funny one is a tool that allows you to take over the website if you know the URL.  OccupyTheURL.com lets you do this:

[It] lets you “take over” the front page of any website you want. Well, not really of course, but it scoops the HTML code and graphics of any site whose address you enter, then displays it with an overlay of images protesters expressing the feelings of the 99% (see the beginning of this article for a representative screenshot).

In itself, fine but only amusing to the person who launches the “occupation” — until a screen appears that lets you Tweet or Facebook Share your improved version of the original site. Ah, now we’re having REAL fun, since we can take over the website of our choice and share the results with friends, allies and (even better) employees of the company.

The second spawning is the OccupyThe Boardroom – found here – aims at stripping away the anonymity:

...behind which our corporate overlords hide, by targeting executives and board members directly for advocacy actions. So what if corporations are faceless, deathless entities to whose puppeteer’s strings we all dance — they’re still run by human beings. And as humans, corporate managers can feel embarrassment, shame, horror and all the other emotions that beset puny mortals like us (at least, we hope they still can).

The OBR site lets you contact people working for large corporations:

Once you’ve selected your new “friend,” you can send him or her a message (which over 6000 people have done so far), the more heartbreaking or outraged the better, which the OTB folks will deliver to the company in person and publish online.

Or, they suggest ways you might “connect” with this person in meatspace, being careful in the process to say “Please contact and interact with [name] in ways that are peaceful, non-violent, and in no way cause any impairment to the integrity or availability of [company] data, programs, systems, or information.”

Interesting developments.

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