Photographers throughout Europe and North America fell all over each other to document Occupy Wall Street and siblings because they thought it had great significance. Being the son and grandson of radicals, I knew it was the usual mix of deluded, naive and control-freaky crazyism, and it would change nothing. I made it my policy to ignore it, not always successfully, since I live not too far from Zucotti Park.
This photo will tell you more about the nature of modern democratic society, and especially in New York, and other educated and prosperous cities. Society is based on this kind of spontaneous discourse, sharing and community. The roots of this mode of being goes back some centuries and are mischaracterized and reviled by much current academic thinking. Yet it is the backbone of our nation. OWS yearned to have this kind of spontaneity. Yet it had an artificial parody of this kind of it. It’s reality was much darker.
The only downside is that its spontaneity is wounding to so many vanities and delusions that help to distract us from our emptiness.