Just a missive:
I think this is interesting. Spontaneous protesting is akin to a collective consciousness, or mass community brain. It’s very future, and very cool. I wonder if we’re all just passengers to these ideas that drive us.
How autonomous are we? Do memes and good ideas control our free will? Are we simply yoked to the engine of evolution?
They say life started because crystals began using biological processes to exchange ions more efficiently. The organic systems took over. The biological processes were so efficient, the systems evolved and made the crystals redundant, or irrelevant in this case. Interesting to think of life as a chance biproduct of more efficient systems. The next step in that evolution is a collective consciousness…. and that seems to be happening.
As for Occupy Wall Street –
I think the thing was pretty spontaneous because we all of a sudden have communication technologies that are very uniting, and let’s people have access where it didn’t exist before. New technology is making it somewhat obvious that old systems in place (some biz, som gov) are obsolete or pretty archaic.
I am not on their side for vagaries and weird protesting, but using modern tech to create dialogue and find solutions to these big problems is an awesome goal.
All from the Economist… balanced commentary but fairly biting:
Inkblot protests: http://www.economist.com/node/21531481
You had your revolution already: http://www.economist.com/blogs/lexington/2011/10/occupy-wall-street
“This is what ineffective action looks like”: http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/10/wall-street-protests