OWS: Jump-the-Shark Watch

Posted by: Dan Beucke on October 20, 2011 at 1:41 PM

ows_merch.jpgWhen Occupy Wall Street launched on a Saturday in September, it was roundly ignored by most everyone who wasn’t actually there. Now you can’t turn on the TV or read a celebrity Twitter feed without getting hit with it. And with fame comes merchandising. Now there’s OWS…

Underwear
Pins and t-shirts
Halloween costumes
Posters and mugs
And, of course, the reality show casting call. Perhaps you’ve truly arrived as a liberal cause when right-wing authors use you as backdrop for a book launch.

The altruistic aims of the protests ensure they’re being watched carefully for any sign of contradictions or exploitation. It’s a thin line between going viral and catching a cold from overexposure.

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