« on: November 07, 2011, 02:53:18 pm »
I appreciate everyone able to actually "occupy". I also appreciate everyone who does anything = if you do what you can, feel good about it. it's not about comparisons ; it's about supporting the revolution as best you can.
@ newjk: Thanks for your individual appreciation; it's most welcome. Also, I think it goes without saying that every off-site supporter has enormous appreciation for the plaza occupiers! But, while I'm sure you have no intention of making comparisons, that's how it's ending up. Intentional or not, unless you're at a plaza GA in person, you have no voice, no matter how many dollars, hours, days, weeks, you've spent supporting the Occupy movement.
Idea: Maybe Livestreamers can figure out a way to integrate Virtual Attendance at GA's (dealing with inappropriate responses in much the same way as they would in person).
Do those of you at the plaza (day or night) realize HOW much support you have from those who can't get there? Many people can't, for many reasons. But that just seems to unwittingly translate into "just send us money and stuff and then shut up." In all this time, there's been no effort to include or organize the voices of all those off-site supporters in discussions and decisions, particularly those made at GA's. Off-site people might get to see a report on what was decided for everyone, after the fact. But that just sends an unintended message that if you ain't there in person, you don't count.
Forums vs. Livestream: These forums are an outlet, but don't actually seem to accomplish much. They're too scatter-shot, with no consolidation of ideas, goals, or feedback. Each voice often gets drowned out by so many other virtual voices talking about so many different things. Maybe that's why Livestream chat gets so swamped; off-site supporters searching for a way to be included in the broader discussions. I'm well aware that IT and moderators have tons of important stuff to deal with, and I think they're pretty amazing. But I wonder if this oversight could really be hurting support for the movement.