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1. Anybody think the $2 charge was overblown by the media to avoid covering more substantial people's
Fri Jan 6, 2012, 12:48 PM
Jan 2012

protests like OWS? Banks, corporations and billionaires are screwing us for thousands or millions of dollars, and people are really up in arms about it all over the country, standing in front of lines of cops getting beat up and sprayed and shot at, and arrested. But the media just loves focusing on this $2 convenience fee that at most costs someone $24/year. I'm not saying it isn't important; it is. But what is the relative importance of this protest over $2/month to warrant the amount of media coverage it has gotten. People are upset about the $2 but they are much more upset about much larger systemic injustices in our economic system, and they have to literally make a big scene and get shot at to get any media attention. And then when Verizon reverses its decision and drops the $2 fee, the media can act like that shows there really was justice and the protest was successful, so everybody can go on about their business.

Anybody think the $2 charge was overblown by the media to avoid covering more substantial people's limpyhobbler Jan 2012 #1
Pragmatically, some forms of protest are more effective than others. Speck Tater Jan 2012 #2
yeah that's a good point. limpyhobbler Jan 2012 #5
10,000 people marched on the WH in Nov. protesting the gas pipeline, it worked. dixiegrrrrl Jan 2012 #7
Unfortunately there were provisions inside the NDAA that might upset the truedelphi Jan 2012 #11
There are multiple levels all working at once, also. bigmonkey Jan 2012 #9
Very good point. Speck Tater Jan 2012 #13
Think that's selling OWS way short. All "effects" are not equal. DirkGently Jan 2012 #14
Agreed. See my post #13 directly above yours. nt Speck Tater Jan 2012 #15
Very well said. loudsue Jan 2012 #16
I agree JustAnotherGen Jan 2012 #3
your cynicism has merit in this bunker....... MindMover Jan 2012 #4
hahaha thank you limpyhobbler Jan 2012 #6
Not really. Billions dealing with fancy investments are hard to grasp, but... TreasonousBastard Jan 2012 #8
That is $24 that Verizon will not have to spend via Citizens United ruling... IthinkThereforeIAM Jan 2012 #18
That Lop-Eared rabbit must be stoped. SOPA to the rescue! wandy Jan 2012 #10
And our good corporations are already using US Government's threats of intimidation truedelphi Jan 2012 #12
"rabbit namd cracker" pnorman Jan 2012 #17
Rock on Ms. Katchpole! JNelson6563 Jan 2012 #19
GO MOLLY!!! Odin2005 Jan 2012 #20
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